Jun 13

June 20th Meeting Agenda: Election’s & St. John’s Church

(photo via OurUrbanTimes.com)


Please attend the June Meeting on Thursday June 20th, 2013 at 6:30pm at St. Helen School, 2347 w. Augusta Blvd.  We have two big items on the agenda.

  •  UVNA Officer Elections
  •  Presentation and Q & A regarding the development of St. John’s Lutheran Church and School

You can read more about the proposed development of the Church and School on Hoyne street in the following links:


May 13

UVNA Meeting Notes – May 2013

Thursday May 16th,  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


UVNA Officers Election

We were planning to hold elections for UVNA officers but we did not have a quorum of active members in attendance.  We are postponing the elections until the June meeting – please make sure you membership dues are paid up so you can vote, and please attend the next meeting.

Proposed Church Renovation Plan Review

Orest Baranyk of Baranyk Associates, Ltd. an architectural firm in Park Ridge IL, contacted our president the day of the meeting to present initial plans for the renovation of  St John’s Lutheran Church,  913 – 925 N. Hoyne Avenue.  The developer has purchased the property – purchased back in February – and just learned that they need to speak with the neighborhood association as part of the process.   In order to give all members due notice,  we did not take a vote on the proposed changes that they would like to make to the property and will do that at the next membership meting.  Highlights of some of the renovations they would like to make to the property:

  • Keep both the church and the school buildings – covert to 9 condos (church), 10 (school)
  • parking underneath both buildings
  • Said they ‘cannot replace’ the stained glass windows but will replace other windows.
  • Completely gut interiors
  • Asking for a 12-ft curb cut on Hoyne for entrance/exit to the underground parking structures as  if they enter/exit through the alley they will have to cut into the buildings
  • Asking for a zoning change from RT4 to RT5 to allow for 19 units – otherwise they can old build 17 units.

Come to the next meeting to hear the full presentation and/or sent questions/comments ahead of time to info@uvna.org

For reference here are the meeting notes from the presentation by the previous development firm who was interested in the building last year.

Church or Architectural Neigborhhood Walk

We are still working on hosting an architectural tour of our neighborhood this year – mostly likely in the fall, the weekend of September 28th.  We have a few volunteers to assist in the planning of the event and communications to neighborhood churches and institutions, but we need a couple more volunters and an organizer .  The UVNA officers will be working with the committee as well, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation has indicated that they are interested in looking into how we might work together on the event as well.   As always, contact info@uvnal.org if you are interested or have questions.

Community Safety & CAPS Meetings

The next CAPS meeting for our beat is Tuesday June 4th, at St. Helen School on Augusta.  The CAPS facilitators continue to share information with us from the CPD as it becomes available and we try to get that information out to our neighborhood. One of our members has proposed creating a safety committee to consolidate CAPS and other Ukrainian Village neighbor crime and safety information so that we can more keep everyone in our are informed as to current events, including those of our residents who may not use online social media tools like Facebook.


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.

Feb 13

12th District Commander to Speak At UVNA Meeting Feb 2/21

12th District Commander Melissa A. Staples will speak at the February UVNA Meeting this Thursday 2/21 at 6:30 pm.

Please attend the meeting and meet the head of our new (to us) Chicago Police District.

Nov 12

UVNA November 2012 Meeting Notes

Thursday November 15th, 2012 – 6:30pm, St. Helen School Cafeteria

Officers and UVNA Board Members in attendance:

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


Energy Impact Illinois Presentation

We had a presentation by Leslie Proudfoot about the limited-time rebate available to homeowners of up to $1750. The rebate is for the most cost effective and permanent energy efficiency improvements: air sealing and insulating.  You are eligible for the program if you have service from Peoples or North Shore Gas, or a Nicor Gas or ComEd customer, and are an owner of a single-family home or 2-4 unit building.  Along with the rebates, there are low-interest loans available as well.  Call 1-855-9-IMPACT or check out www.EnergyImpactIllinois.org for more information.

Update:  West Town SSA 

The West Town SSA reconstitution and expansion process from SSA #29 to SSA #57 with new boundaries was stopped due to vocal opposition by residents to the effect that the Aldermen pulled their support. According to a recent West Town Chamber of Commerce newsletter  “the City of Chicago Department of Law feared a lawsuit due to this vocal minority and the Department of Economic Development felt “uncomfortable,” which led to the Aldermen pulling their support. ”  What does this mean for the future of the SSA? This means West Town only has  SSA#29 for 2 more years before it expires. If the they want to reconstitute the West Town SSA, they will have to go through the reconstitution/expansion process again next year or in 2014.

The West Town Chamber Of Commerce is hosting a Community Leaders Summit on 11/29 and UVNA will be sending two officers to the meeting to help improve communications across community and business organizations in the West Town area.

Update:  St John’s Lutheran Church,  913 – 925 N. Hoyne Avenue, – Adaptive Re-Use proposal & Request for a Zoning Change

The officers and board had a meeting right before this meeting, with Preservation Chicago about the proposed development at St. John’ Lutheran Church.  According to recent information received from the developers,  the foundation of the school building is in worse shape than they initially expected, based on surveys recently completed by their engineers.  Because of the expense they estimate it would cost to resolved the problems, the developers now want to tear down the school and build four townhomes instead of converting the school into condos as was originally proposed.  We would like more information about the status of the land-marking of the property (in review),  as well as more information about the change in overall design and will reach out to Preservation Chicago and the developers for more information to share with our membership.

UPDATE:  One day after the UVNA meeting the UVNA President Paul Matwyshyn was notified that the developers have backed out of the project altogether.

Innjoy – Request for Late Hour License

Ukrainian Village neighbors living around Innjoy (2051 W. Division) have received letters notifying them of Innjoy’s request for a Late Hour License.

Businesses wishing to remain open beyond the legal closing time of 2:00 a.m. may obtain a Late Hour Liquor License. This license is required for the additional privilege to remain open and permit the sale of alcoholic liquor until 4:00 a.m., Monday-Saturday, and until 5:00 a.m. on Sunday. Businesses holding a Tavern, Packaged Goods, or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity license are permitted to apply for a late hour license

Requirements: Site Plan, Floor Plan, Late Hour Petition and related documents
Inspections Required: Local Liquor Control Commission
Fees: $6,000.00+$40.00 one time publication fee
Renewal: 2 Year

According to the City of Chicago if there are more than 50 registered voters residing within 500 ft of  the premises, the tavern must obtain and file a petition, signed by a majority of the legal voters registered within the 500 feet,  giving consent to the business to file the Late Hour License request. And then the application must be filed within 60 days of the date the petition was signed by the first legal voter.  Registered voters within 500 ft may also submit a petition in opposition to the license request.

If you are a registered voter within 500 feet of Innjoy, please be sure you read your certified letter and let the Alderman know your views on this situation.  The UVNA will be submitting our own letter to the Alderman in opposition to the Late Hour License Request.

CAPS Update 

There is no official date yet set as to when the 13th an 12th districts will move into their new building – could be as early as December 10th though,  CAPS will continue in some form, with a new name, as yet to be announced, and beats are being redrawn, as they consolidate the total # of beats between 12 and 13th districts. Beat #1312 which encompasses all of Ukrainian Village will be redrawn with a western boundary of  Campbell Street, and an Eastern boundary of Wood Street. Northern and southern boundaries will remain unchanged.

December UVNA Meeting

Our December meeting will be a holiday social meeting – feel free to invite your friends and neighbors from around Ukrainian Village and West Town.  We will announce the location shortly as soon as it is confirmed.