I would like to advise you of some upcoming meetings sponsored by the 49th Ward Zoning and Land Use Advisory Committee and my office regarding several development proposals in our neighborhood. One of them is a development that is permitted under the existing zoning. The other two require some action on the part of either the City Council or the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Monday, June 4th, 7 p.m.,
St. Margaret Mary’s Activity Center, 7341 N. Claremont
RE: 2130 W. Touhy
seven-unit condominium building
(no zoning relief required)
Developer Richard Aronson will present his plan to construct a seven-unit condominium building at 2130 W. Touhy. The lot is 8,446 square feet in size and is zoned RT-4. A frame single family home currently sits on the site. The current zoning would permit the construction of an eight-unit building, but the developer plans to build only seven units.
The development will consist of six three-bedroom, two-bath units, one of which is handicapped accessible, and one four-bedroom, three bath unit. The development will also have seven parking spaces in an enclosed garage.
No zoning relief is requested or needed from the City. The 49th Ward Zoning and Land Use Advisory Committee and I are hosting this meeting simply to keep you informed of this new development, and to give you an opportunity to provide comments or suggestions to the developer. I will forward you a copy of the plans and renderings for this development in the next day or two.
Wednesday, June 6th, 7 p.m.,
Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers
RE: 2001 W. Howard (southwest corner of Howard and Damen)
24-unit condominium building with three commercial storefront spaces
(zoning change required)
Building owner Gus Rizakos, his architect, Irene Zemenides and his attorney, Sylvia Michas, will present plans to construct a five-story, 24-unit condominium building at 2001 W. Howard. The development will also contain three commercial storefront spaces. The lot is 13,038 square feet in size and is zoned B1-2. A commercial building, which houses the Tastee Sub fast food restaurant and several storefront churches, currently occupies the site and would be demolished to make way for the new development.
The current zoning would permit the construction of 13 dwelling units. The owner is requesting a zoning change to B1-3, which would allow him to construct up to 32 dwelling units. His proposal calls for only 24 dwelling units.
A copy of the site plan, floor plans and elevations are provided on my website.
I look forward to hearing your comments about this proposed new development.
Monday, June 11th, 7 p.m.,
Island Grove Café, 7644 N. Sheridan (the former Biddy Mulligan’s site)
RE: Island Grove Café
7644 N. Sheridan (the former Biddy Mulligan’s site)
Proposed tavern and music venue.
This is a follow-up to a community meeting held one year ago to discuss a proposed tavern and music venue at the former Biddy Mulligan’s site. Business owner Michael Cherrington applied for a liquor license and a public place of amusement license to operate a tavern and live music venue. The City Zoning Code also requires a Special Use Permit from the City of Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals to operate a liquor establishment at that location. While the opinion of the local Alderman on such matters is not binding on the Mayor’s Liquor Control Commissioner or the Zoning Board of Appeals, his opinion and that of the community and local police commander is persuasive.
Neighborhood residents attending the meeting on June 28th 2006, were split on whether to support the liquor license and public place of amusement license. I decided to ask Mr. Cherrington to operate his business for one year without a liquor license, and I would convene another public meeting to revisit the issue the following year.
I look forward to hearing your comments about this proposal.
Very truly yours,