Mar 14

UVNA March 2014 Meeting Notes

Thursday March 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


Discussion of Possible Historic District Expansion

In light of the recent demolition of the New Hope Bible Church on Leavitt street, and the purchase of the Hoyne Avenue Weslyan Church by a developer (see this link for a further discussion of these properties in our February Meeting Notes)  we started a discussion with our members and Alderman Fioretti from the 2nd Ward, and his Chief of Staff Tim Stevens,  at this month’s meeting about the status of the current historic district. We dicussed properties included and excluded from the district, as well as how we could best go about protecting the building stock of our neighborhood that is not within the boundaries of the Ukrainian Village Historic District.

We reviewed the areas that are currently outside the historic district boundaries as well as some of the churches that are excluded and determined that if we would like to propose another extension to the historic district, that we should start with a small management geographic area.  Based on this, we decided to start with the properties along Augusta Avenue between Western and Damen that are currently outside the existing boundaries of the historic district. This area includes the St. Helen school and church on the south side of the street, as well as St. Stephen King of Hungary Roman Catholic Church near Augusta and Damen.

We need to survey residents/building owners along this stretch of Augusta as the Alderman has suggested that we would need approximately a 50% or higher approval of the property owners within the proposed extension boundaries in order to move forward with proposing the extension to the Chicago Landmarks Commission.

  • Steve Niketopolous volunteered to talk to residents along Augusta between Hoyne and Damen Avenue
  • Samantha Arnold and Paul Matwyshyn will talk to residents along Augusta between Leavitt and Hoyne
  • Harriet Siller will talk to St. Helen’s Parish and St. Helen School between Western and Augusta

We will report back our findings at the April Membership Meeting.

Downzoning of Property at 1137 N. Leavitt Street

Alderman Fioretti, who was also in attendance at our meeting, proposed that his office downzone the now vacant property at 1137 N. Leavitt, formerly the New Hop Bible Church, as a method to insure that the developer will need to meet with the neighborhood association to review his plans and zoning requests before construction begins.
Discussion of possible Expansion of  the boundaries of the neighborhood association

There has been some discussion among some members and some potential new members about expanding the boundaries of the neighborhood association to match that of the officially declared neighborhood which goes south of Chicago Avenue to Superior Street, as originally declared by Mayor Byrne in 1983.    If there is sufficient interest from residents in that area, we could put the issue before the board.  However, there is also a survey circulating to residents beteween Chicago, Grand, Damen, and Western, about the interest in a neighborhood association to serve the entire area as well.  The survey can be found here. 

Chicago Architecture Foundation Open House – October 2014

The CAF has expressed an interest in including the Ukrainian Village Historic District in it’s fall Open House.  The board members will be meeting with CAF and will bring more information to the April meeting.

Clean & Green Events

Many wards, including the 2nd ward, are hosting Clean & Green neighborhood clean-ups on April 26th.  Contact the 1st or 2nd ward offices for details on events or to coordinate a clean-up event on your block or in your neighborhood.

Dec 13

UVNA December Holiday Social at the Rainbo Club!

Rainbo Club (photo via chibarproject.com)

Instead of the typical members meeting for December, the UVNA will gather at the Rainbo Club (1150 N. Damen Avenue) for a little holiday socializing on Thursday, December 19th from 6:30-8:30pm.  We’re inviting our neighbors in the associations around us to stop by for a little holiday cheer too. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Oct 13

UVNA Meeting Notes, Thursday October 17th, 2013

Thursday October 17th, 2013 – 6:30pm – St. Helen School Cafeteria

Officers and UVNA Board Members in attendance:

  • Treasurer: Harriet Siller
  • Secretary: Samantha Arnold
  • Board Members: George Matwyshyn


941-943 Hoyne -Permit Review 

The UVNA Building/Permit Review Committee is following up with the developer

Redevelopment Project – St. John’s Church on Hoyne

A letter was sent to the Alderman, and the developer re-iterating the organization’s stance on the project ( see notes from the August UVNA meeting),  that were also communicated in  a meeting with the Alderman and his staff at City Hall.  No word back yet from the Alderman’s office.

2014 Planning

The November UVNA Meeting will be a planning meeting for 2014.  Bring your ideas and suggestions for what sorts of speakers you’d like to see at meetings next year, what events you would like to see UVNA support or create,  social event ideas, and more!

December Social Meeting

We’re going to make the December UVNA meeting (12/19) a social event . Mark your calendars and bring any thoughts on a neighborhood location to next month’s meeting.

How to get a bike rack installed near a business

If you would like to see a bike rack installed near an business or area that you feel lacks bike racks, or you are a business that would like a city-installed bike rack near your business, you can request the installation of a bike rack via this online form on the City of Chicago’s website.  The same page also has a link to report abandoned bikes too.

CAPS  Update

Recent news and notes from CAPS  have been focused around the big upswing in graffiti in our area, as well as the large # of thefts over the last two months.  Vandalized cars and stolen bikes top the thefts list, and the graffiti is all over our area with Western between Chicago and North avenue being hit hard, as well as Augusta between Damen and Ashland.  Report any graffiti to 311, your alderman’s office, or use this online form on the City of Chicago’s website.  Come to the December 3rd CAPS meeting for beat 1212.  It’s an opportunity for police and community residents to exchange information about what’s going on in our neighborhood.

West Town SSA Reconstitution Meetings

The West Town Special Service Area (SSA29) is in the process of reconstituting and redefining its map for future services. The SSA Expansion Advisory Committee determined a PRELIMINARY MAP for future West Town SSA boundaries and services.

Proposed Future West Town SSA Corridors:

  • Chicago Avenue from Western to Halsted
  • Ashland Avenue from Chicago to Division
  • Milwaukee Avenue from Erie to Division
  • Damen Avenue from Chicago to Huron
  • Ogden Avenue from the Kennedy Expressway to Fry

Upcoming Community Meetings

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
11 am – 1 pm
@Chicago Dramatists
1105 W. Chicago Ave

Monday, November 18, 2013
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
@Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 W. Chicago Ave

The SSA Commission is currently creating a large colorful informational brochure that will be mailed directly to all of the property owners / taxpayers and registered voters located in the proposed future West Town SSA. The colorful mailer will announce the community meetings and contain more detailed information on the West Town SSA.



Mar 13

UVNA February 2013 Meeting Notes

Thursday February 21st, 2013– 6:30pm, St. Helen School Cafeteria

Officers and UVNA Board Members in attendance:

  • Vice President: Harriet Siller
  • Secretary: Samantha Arnold
  • Board Members:  George Matwyshyn,  Patrick Danaher


Presentation from Commander Melissa Staples of the 12th District

Commander Staples introduced herself to us, and ran through her background with the CPD – 22 years on the job,  and previously served as commander in the North Side’s 17th District.  She is a resident of the old 13th district and is familiar with our area.  She talked about the work the 12th has been doing to combat gang violence,  as well as some recent successes, talked about the tactical teams that have been doing the great work they were doing in the old 13th, and mentioned new teams and/or initiatives underway to deal with specific crime issues in the new 12th district.

  • While the 12th district is one of the geographically largest it also has more officers than any other district in the city.
  • Community awareness is always an important part of fighting crime and she stressed the importance of calling something in if  it doesn’t feel right. “If it doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not”.
  • She  talked about gang graffiti and the importance of getting gang graffiti removed ASAP.
  • Call in any gang graffiti that you see and send a photo along with the address where the graffiti is spotted to the 12th district   –CAPS012District@chicagopolice.org


Presentation from Energy Impact Illinois

Vito Greco from Energy Impact Illinois gave a an update on the program they have running to help homeowners reduce energy bills. They help homeowners connect with rebates and certified professionals to conduct energy efficient improvements.  Homeowners can receive up to $1750 in instant rebates for cost-effective and permanent energy efficient improvements like air sealing and insulation.

  • This program runs through May 2013  (may be extended to September)
  • This program is available for single-family homes and buildings with 2-4 units.
  • Buildings with 5 or more units can take part in a similar Energy Savers Program.


Representatives from Alderman Fioretti’s office were also at the meeting to introduce themselves and the 2nd ward. We will be working with the Alderman’s office to find a date when he can meet with the UVNA.

Jan 13

UVNA January 2013 Meeting Notes

Thursday January  17th, 2013– 6:30pm, St. Helen School Cafeteria

Officers and UVNA Board Members in attendance:

  • President:  Paul Matwyshyn
  • Vice President: Harriet Siller
  • Secretary: Samantha Arnold
  • Board Members:  George Matwyshyn


Presentation by T.H.E  Management, Inc.

Samuel Lewis gave a brief presentation on THE Management Inc.’s work with condo associations to provide condo owners with the best tools to become self sufficient and successful condo associations.  He also shared information about their upcoming seminar for Condo owners who have questions about identifying and overcoming issues with HOAs and condo associations.  Their seminar will include the following  panel of experts available for questions and discussions. The seminar will be Friday Feb 1st, 2013  6-9:00pm at Creative Studio Space, 2941 W. Belmont.   Tickets:  $10.00   More Info: 773-544-864

Presentation by the WickerPark Bucktown SSA #33

Beth Sholtis and John Paige gave a short presentation on the history of the SSA and their upcoming review of their 5-year master plan and budget.  They have an online survey out (please click on the link below & take the survey!)  to get feedback from the community about the direction they should take in their next master plan.  They will be giving a similar presentation to the community this Wednesday, January 30th at 6:30pm at the Bucktown-Wicker Park Public Library, 1701 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Doors open at 6pm and refreshments will be served. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about their committees and how you can be more involved.

CAPS Update

We are now officially in the 12th Police District, and Ukrainian Village falls within beat 1212.  CAPS beat meetings will now take place every other month.  Beat 1212 will meet the 1st Tuesday of the month (every other month) and the next meeting is Tuesday, February 5th, 7:00pm. St. Helen School.