UVNA February 2014 Meeting Notes

Thursday February 20th, 2014 – 6:30pm – St. Helen School Cafeteria

Officers and UVNA Board Members in attendance:

  • President:  Paul Matwyshyn
  • Treasurer: Harriet Siller
  • Secretary: Samantha Arnold
  • Board Members: George Matwyshyn
Updates on status of neighborhood churches


St. John’s Lutheran Church (913-925 N. Hoyne)
Nothing further has happened with this development since the UVNA agreed to the curb cuts and zoning change requested by the developer.  The 2nd ward alderman’s office has no updates and has not spoken to the developer since the last discussions in late 2013.  UVNA will try to contact the developer for an update


New Hope Bible Church (1137 N. Leavitt)
A demolition permit was issued for this property 0n 2/13/2014.  This church was built in 1894 as the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, though the architect is unknown.  It was not listed/identified in the Chicago Historic Resources Survey ,  not orange rated (meaning a property that possess some architectural feature or historical association that makes it potentially significant in the context of the surrounding community). It was not  considered for inclusion in the original historic district –  sounds like there was little interest to include it at the time, and the congregation may not have been interested either.  According to Chicago Landmarks , all of these things mean that they have no means to stop the demolition.  (thanks the 32nd Ward office for providing more info on this property)


Hoyne  Avenue Wesleyan Church (2108 W. Iowa St)
This church was sold on 12/2/2013 to an LLC .  This church is also not orange rated and was not originally considered for inclusion in the historic district. As of this meeting, no permits have been requested for this property. (thanks the 32nd Ward office for providing more info on this property)

It appears that neither one of these churches could be added to the district on their own,  like St. John’s church was, as  St. John’s was part of the  historic context of Ukrainian Village.  While the historic district is rather tightly framed as residential,  St. John’s  congregation played a very active role in the historic residential development of Ukrainian Village.  That history helped link St. Johns to the residential context of the village two years ago.

These recent sales have raised concerns by many neighbors about other churches that may not be landmarked and how we can protect them from demolition.  Based on some very preliminary research, it appears that the best route to preserve existing structures not already within the boundaries of the Ukrainian Village Historic District, might be to request another extension to the district that combines parcels that currently exist outside the boundaries.  Churches that may be outside the boundaries at this time include:

  • St. Helen Parish (2315 W. Augusta Blvd)
  • St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral (2250 W. Cortez St)
  • Saints Volodymyr & Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church (2245 W. Superior)
  • St. Stephen King of Hungary Church (2015 W. Augusta Blvd)

In order to start this process we will need to, among other things, review property in the neighborhood and make a proposal to Chicago Landmarks.  We will follow up on this at the next meeting. Neighbors interested in assisting with this effort should contact the UVNA at info@uvna.org.


Eddie Winters – Democratic Candidate for State Representative

Eddie Winters is seeking to become the Democratic nominee for State Representative in the 10th district. The primary election will be held March 18th, 2014.  He stopped by our meeting to meet with neighbors in our area.   You might remember him from his 4-month term as representative when he replaced the expelled Derrick Smith.  More info can be found on his website here.

UVNA Officer Elections

Elections for new officers (President, VP, Treasurer, Secretary) will take place at the April 2014 meeting.  In order to run for office you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a current member of UVNA (dues paid by the March 2014 meeting)
  • Be part of a slate – meaning that in the election members will vote on proposed slates of 4 officers
    • one member may only be on 1 slate
    • slates consist of president, VP, treasurer, secretary

Board members and committees are appointed or approved by the officers.

You can join online on our membership page or bring cash to the March 2014 meeting.   If  you have any questions about membership, send an email to info@ unva.org.

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