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March 16, 2021 Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 6:00 p.m, over Zoom.

Directors Roll Call

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Terie Kata
  • Gregory Ratcliff
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Jean O’Neill
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Kit Welch
  • Tim Lindsey
  • Brandon Cunningham

12th District Representative Margaret Croke

  • Contact (773) 348-8974
  • AIDS Garden grant money is coming through.
  • COVID vaccines for CPS teachers will be administered at Wiess Hospital March 24th
  • BIG Grants may be coming back for businesses in need.
  • May be a good idea to get an IRS pin number if you have been the victim of identity theft with unemployment benefits.

Questions:

What is the state holdup in cannabis laws? Cannabis expansion is getting stalled by the black caucus because of equity issues and this is also causing problems with zoning.

Bridget Gainer

Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s office contact: district10@cookcountyil.gov and (312) 603-4210

5th Congressional District Update – Yoni Pizer

  • Offices are open for phone and Email
  • American Rescue Plan will send $1,400 to people making less than 75k per year
  • ACA has reopened
  • HR1 For the People Act is strengthening voting rights
  • Restoring the post office is a top priority.

Questions:

Where will the 2 trillion dollars to pay for the American Rescue Plan? Hoping to reestablish past tax rates to pay for bill. Spending in time of need will more than pay for itself in the future.

46th Ward Update –Alderman James Cappleman

  • Sewer collapse repairs continue should be completed by March 22
  • North Sheridan & Dakin Traffic Study – No stop sign, but bump out curbs would be appropriate.

Questions:

Is it possible to use a federal arts grant for 10k to be used on an art project under the Irving underpass? Yes, will look into it further, and am all for it.

44th Ward Update – Neighborhood Liaison Calvin Cottrell

  • Contact Info – calvin.cottrell@cityofchicago.org or at (773) 525-6034
  • Look for information on ward website and get on the ward email list: https://www.44thward.org/
  • 3440 N Broadway passed zoning, but still needs to pass final step for a use variance.
  • Former Treasure Island grocery store site is pushing traffic down Cornelia. Aldermans office will monitor.

Questions:

Will Broadway pedestrian space on street be available again this year? Yes, on the weekends. Would also like to expand to close more streets for pedestrians.

Cubs Update – Heather Way Kitzes

  • April 1st 1:20 Opening Day.
  • Cubs schedule is currently unchanged and is expected to go forward as scheduled
  • neighbors@cubs.com
  • Fans back at 20% for start of season
  • Safety measures in place: timed entries, touchless entry, no cash, Gallagher Way will not be open, designated bathrooms,
  • Cubs neighborhood advisory meeting is Thursday at 6pm on zoom.
  • Hoping to open mass vaccination site in Cubs building, may open as early as March 25th
  • No Remote parking will be available at the beginning of the season.

New/Old Business:

Brandon Cunningham:

  • Green team is looking for recruits.
  • Seminary shared street is moving forward.
  • Kelly Park Earth Day event April 24th
  • It’s Your Park Day at Kelly Park will be in May.
  • Construction plans are next step in Kelly Park renovation.

Sculpture requests are in, top 5 choices have been selected. Please send in location suggestions.

Lakeshore Drive Task force meets on Thursday.

Oktoberfest Update: Patrick Nagle

  • Oktoberfest 2021 is 369 days away

Crime Update – Mike Zink

  • Be vigilant when getting in and out of your car, carjacking’s are on the rise in the neighborhood

36636 Lakeshore Drive Development- Jack George

  • New York building issues have been resolved
  • Still some sticking points with the building to the north but a compromise appears to be eminent.
  • ELVN Board will vote on approval when issues are resolved with all neighboring buildings.
  • For info on this project go to: http://james46.wpengine.com/infrastructure/development/

ELVN Board Election

  • Motion to seat slate of candidates by Mike Zink
  • Seconded by Gregory Ratcliff
  • Slate of Candidates was approved by acclimation

February 9, 2021 Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 6:00 p.m. and held over Zoom.

Directors Roll Call

Board Present:

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Megan Cullen-Grochowiak
  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Jean O’Neill
  • Kit Welch
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Marty Wallace
  • Maureen Martino
  • Call to order
  • County Commissioner Bridget Gainer
    • Contact office if you need help with COVID Vaccine appointments
    • Property Tax Exemption applications will be open soon
    • District10@cookcountyil.gov 312-603-4210
  • State Senate Update-Office of Sen. Feigenholtz
    • Unemployment benefits is currently the most common issue.
    • People can’t get through to IDES with issues
    • People have had their identities stolen and applied for unemployment
    • Contact henry@senatorsara.com 773-296-4141
  • State Representative Update-Office of Rep. Croke
    • Contact (773) 348-8974 www.repyonipizer.com
    • Please contact office if you need additional help with IDES benefits or fraud.
  • 46th Ward Update
    • Birdcage Sculpture, Grace & Fremont will be ending its stay in May
  • 44th Ward Update
    • Reinevent the Drive meeting are coming up. Keep and eye out for more information.
  • Cubs Update
    • Cubs season is planning on going forward as planned
  • Crime Update 
    • Carjackings-Be aware entering and exiting your car
  • New Business/Old Business 
    • 3636 N. Lake Shore Drive Project; Zoning
    • Seminary Shared Street Project-Chester Kropidlowski
    • Elections! March 16, 2021-Nominate Yourself or Someone Else
    • Annual meeting is March 16, 2021 via Zoom
  • Adjournment

January 19, 2021 Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 6:00 p.m, and held over Zoom.

Directors Roll Call

Board Present:

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Terie Kata
  • Gregory Ratcliff
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Gene O’Neil
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Kit Welch
  • Maureen Martino
  • Tim Lindsey
  • Brandon Cunningham

6th District State Senators Sara Feigenholtz Office Update – Trenton Crawford

  • Contact henry@senatorsara.com 773-296-4141
  • State Senate is meeting in virtual work groups.
  • Vaccine rollout has been extremely bumpy so far.
  • Getting kids back in school is number one priority.
  • Senator Feigenholtz is now the chair of the tourism committee.

12th District Representative Margaret Croke

  • Contact (773) 348-8974 www.repyonipizer.com
  • New Speaker
  • Economic Equity, Criminal Justice Reform & Health Care
  • Anti predatory lending act
  • Criminal Justice reform – choke holds are banned and all officers must have body cameras
  • PPP 2nd round can now be applied for.
  • Working HIV exposure drugs to be over the counter
  • Crypto Currency

10th District Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer

  • Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s office contact: district10@cookcountyil.gov and (312) 603-4210
  • If you are eligible and having trouble getting vaccinated please contact office.
  • Property tax exemption applications are open. Previous exemptions will be auto renewed.

5th Congressional District Update – Community Liaison Yoni PIzer

  • Offices are open for phone and Email
  • American Rescue Plan is 1st priority is to pass legislation to get the pandemic under control
  • February 12 will be the beginning of accepting tax returns
  • Congressman Quigley will focus on infrastructure plans
  • International agenda includes rebuilding relationships with foreign partners
  • Introducing the Gyms Act. Gyms have been hard hit by the pandemic

Questions:

Why are we sending money to foreign nations when we do not have a balanced budget at home? We do need to cut waste from these programs. This money builds relationships and saves us in the long term.

Is the $15 minimum wage a one step process, or will it be phased in over time? Also what effect does this have on taxed tip credit? All of this is still up in the air and everyones imput would be appreciated.

46th Ward Update –Alderman James Cappleman

  • City Hall will be closed tomorrow for the inauguration and for security concerns
  • Moving into 1B for COVID vaccine distribution on January 25. This includes popel over the age of 65
  • Health Care employees will inform you when you can get the vaccine
  • Moving to Tier 2 mitigations for COVID. Restaurants still cannot open inside
  • Carjacking is on the rise, please take as many percussions as possible. Never leave car running, and do not sit in car.

Q&A at meeting

44th Ward Update – Neighborhood Liaison Calvin Cottrell

  • Contact Info – calvin.cottrell@cityofchicago.org or at (773) 525-6034
  • Look for information on ward website and get on the ward email list: https://www.44thward.org/
  • Car Jackings are a big concern, 19th district is assigning a special unit. License plate readers are being installed on Lake Shore Drive.

Cubs Update – Heather Way Kitzes

  • Excited to welcome back fans this spring
  • neighbors@cubs.com

Treasurer Report: Aileen Tien

  • 16,000 currently in bank

Crime Update – Mike Zink

  • Be vigilant when getting in and out of your car, carjacking’s are on the rise in the neighborhood

3636 Lakeshore Drive Development- Jack George

  • 2 building development 19 story building and 6 story building
  • 328 Units
  • 145 indoor parking spots, 25 tandem parking spaces. 170 total spaces. All Underground.
  • Green space in very important to the development. Green spaces will not be open to the public
  • Main entrance will be on west side of building, sharing the roundabout entrance with the New York Private Residences
  • Results of shade study are back and impact is limited in the summer. Winter impact is more severe.
  • View project info here http://james46.wpengine.com/infrastructure/development/

New/Old Business

  • Chester – Lakeshore Drive update, the on and off ramp at Aldine is of great concern to the neighbors adding congestion to the neighborhood.
  • Elections are coming up, please send bios to Patrick Nagle prnchi@gmail.com if you are interested in running. March 2nd is last day to become a voting member of ELVN.
  • Board member and treasurer Aileen Tien will not seek reelection.

December 8th, 2020 Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 6:00 p.m. Meeting was held over Zoom Conference Call.

Directors Roll Call

Board Present:

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Megan Cullen-Grochowiak
  • Jean O’Neill
  • Kit Welch
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Marty Wallace
  • Gregory Ratcligg
  • Terie Kata
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Call to order
  • 46th Ward Update
    • Seminary Shared Street Project-Survey
    • Best to do traffic study once building is complete on corner as well as when baseball is in season
  • 44th Ward Update
    • Christmas Tree pickup will be January 9 & 10
    • Be sure to get packages delivered at times when people are home, package theft is an increasing issue around the holidays
    • 3440 N Broadway development can be viewed on 44th.org, please comment to 44th office
  • Cubs Update
    1. No new news
  • Treasurer’s Report
    • Currently around $31,000.00
    • Planning to distribute funds to charity
  • Crime Update
    • Be aware of package thefts
    • Car jackings still an issue, be vigilant
  • New Business/Old Business
    • Elli Song from Congressman Quigley’s Office-SSA/Medicare
      1. Please contact Congressman’s office with questions about Medicare
    • 2020 ELVN Donation Recipients
      1. Greely School $4500
      2. InterAmerican School $4500
      3. House of Good Shephard $3000
      4. Lake View Pantry $2500
      5. Police Steering Committee and Fire Department $2000
      6. Meal purchase for first responders $1000
    • 2020 ELVN Outstanding Neighbor of the Year Award
      1. Please submit applicants to ELVN
    • Next meeting is January 12, 2021 at 6:00 on Zoom
  • Adjournment/Closed Session

November 10, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Meeting was held over Zoom Conference Call.

Directors Roll Call

Board Present:

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Jean O’Neill
  • Kit Welch
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Marty Wallace
  • Maureen Martino
  • Terie Kata
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Megan Cullen-Grochowiak
  • Tim Lindsey
  • Gregory

46th Ward Update –Alderman James Cappleman

  • In the middle of budget talks
  • Chicago sculpture will be installed at Freemont and Seminary tomorrow
  • Traffic study at Grace and Seminary
  • Traffic study being done at Dakin and Sheridan, neighbors would like a stop sign at that intersection
  • Continuing to pressure CTA to fix lights under the “L”
  • 3636 N Lake Shore Drive in front of the 3660 N Lake Shore Drive would like to change the look of the exterior of the proposed building

Question: Who is proposing that we need a stop sign at Sheridan and Dakin? We do not know, but the goal is to slow traffic.

44th Ward Update –Alderman Tunney, Calvin Cottrell

  • Street resurfacing going on, keep an eye out for those
  • 19th district police strategic plan is under review now and your input is needed
  • Grant money from city program is now available, there are a couple weeks to sign up

Question: Will the tax increase be reverted back after this year? Ald. Cappleman is for it to return to pre coronavirus rate. Ald. Tunney, the tax raise is not a forgone conclusion and everyone’s input is very important.

Question: Will the tax increase be reverted back after this year? Ald. Cappleman is for it to return to pre coronavirus rate. Ald. Tunney, the tax raise is not a forgone conclusion and everyone’s input is very important.

12th District Representative Yoni Pizer – Rep. Pizer & Cameron Rich

  • Contact (773) 348-8974 | RepYoniPizer.com
  • Thank the residents of East Lakeview almost 80% participation in the ward
  • Covid-19 is still not going anywhere for months, must remain vigilant and try to avoid Coronavirus fatigue.
  • Next assembly meeting will be in January now, moved because of increase in Covid-19 Cases
  • Next Monday there will be a zoom meeting about the Facebook privacy settlement. You could get up to $400 in compensation if you have a Facebook page.

Cubs Update – Heather Way Kitzes

  • Cubs book drive going on now, if you drop off books you can get a 20% off to the Cubs store. Spanish books are especially needed for pre-K to 4th graders

Treasurer Report: Aileen Tien

  • 32,000 plus currently in bank account
  • We are distributing money to charities and hopefully will be going out at the December meeting.

3221 N Broadway Packaged Liquor License – Tom Moore and Nick Patel

  • Needs a special use for a B-3 zoning

3440 N Broadway Rebel Hospitality Seeking rezoning from B-32 to B-33 and Special use for hotel – Gene Kornota, Walt Eckenhoff

  • 167 Hotel Rooms
  • 103,000 square feet
  • 60 cars parking on site
  • Parking for this and project to the north are sharing a single driveway into the property to limit the amount of curb cutting needed.
  • Boutique, independently owned hotel
  • Eckenhoff architects

New/Old Business

  • Next meeting will be held over Zoom on December 8th at 6:00pm.

October 13, 2020 East Lakeview Neighbors Meeting

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 6:00 p.m. Meeting was held over Zoom Conference Call.

Directors Roll Call

Board Present:

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Terie Kata
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Marty Wallace
  • Gene O’Neill
  • Patrick Carlson

6th District State Senators Sara Feigenholtz Office Update – Henry Maltezos

  • Don’t forget to fill out Census
  • Vote by mail help
    • BIG Grants still available, get your applications in
      • https://accionilin.formstack.com/forms/big
    • Unemployment benefits is currently the most common issue.
      • People can’t get through to IDES with issues
      • People have had their identities stolen and applied for unemployment
    • Contact henry@senatorsara.com 773-296-4141

12th District Representative Yoni Pizer – Rep. Pizer & Cameron Rich

  • Contact (773) 348-8974 www.repyonipizer.com
  • Please contact office if you need additional help with IDES benefits or fraud.
  • Census Deadline is coming, please fill out before September 30th deadline.
  • Make a plan for voting. Get your mail in ballot as early as possible and returned to make sure your vote is counted. Visit chicagoelections.gov/dropbox
  • Ballot drop boxes are available at every early voting site Fraudulent drop boxes have popped up in California, be vigilant.
  • Don’t forget to get your flu shot, incredibly important this year with COVID as a focus.
  • Saturday 9-12 prescription medicine safe disposal

Q&A at meeting

Q: Can anyone vote at any early voting site? Yes

Bridget Gainer

  • Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s office contact: district10@cookcountyil.gov and (312) 603-4210
  • Small business grants still available through the county
  • Safety around highways and Lake Shore Drive Plate readers
  • Introducing the county budget next week, the budget will be balanced
  • Robust conversation about funding for Law enforcement and courts. This is about 25% of total budget

5th Congressional District Update – Ellie Song

  • Offices are open for phone and Email
  • Please reach out to office with Immigration issues.
  • Office is available to help with seniors issues including Life line phone service
  • Office can help facilitate IRS issues

46th Ward Update –Alderman James Cappleman

  • Business interruption grants now available, $220 million in new funding
  • Seminary shared street, CDOT placing signs is underway
  • 2020 City of Chicago budget shortfall stands at $800 million. City needs input on budget.
  • Accessory dwelling units ordinance coming to help with affordable housing by allowing things such as coach houses and dwellings above garages.

## Q&A at meeting

How can we give feedback on the city budget? : Follow link

What is the Seminary shared street? : A way to slow traffic and make street more pedestrian friendly.

Where will elevated train be getting cleaned under? : Seminary and Waveland

Can under elevated train lights be turned back on for safety? : Office will continue to pester CTA about this issue, they are being slow to respond.

44th Ward Update –Alderman Tom Tunney & neighborhood liaison Calvin Cottrell

  • Contact Info – calvin.cottrell@cityofchicago.org or at (773) 525-6034
  • Look for information on ward website and get on the ward email list
  • Early voting is at Interamerican School on Waveland
  • Street closures for expanded outdoor seating has been a success
  • 19th district will be taking public feedback to form a strategic plan for next year Oct 24th noon to 4pm. Share your opinions to help make us all safer.
  • Budget conversations

Q: what can we do about abandoned bikes on bike racks in the neighborhood? : Bikes are recycled with not for profits. Owners of bikes are attempted to contact with a not on bike before removal.

Cubs Update – Heather Way Kitzes

  • Very quiet winter
  • No events at Gallagher way this winter
  • Book drive coming up, books to go to local schools. Details will follow.

Special Thank You to Heather and Brandon for cleanup in Kelly Park

Treasurer Report: Aileen Tien

  • 32,000 currently in bank account.
  • Expenditures include PO Box and Website work

(Q&A at meeting)

Oktoberfest Update: Patrick Nagle

  • Oktoberfest 2021 is 369 days away

Crime Update – Mike Zink

  • Armed Robbery during daylight hours.
  • Virtual CAPS meeting is coming up, please attend.

Howard Brown Youth Center: Noah Luken

  • 1023 W Irving Park Road
  • Masonry building
  • Patch work quilt façade
  • June 2021 projected completion
  • Moving and expanding existing operation from nearby Broadway Avenue location

Q&A at meeting

Have you had youths hanging out after hours? : No, safety coordinator is on site till close and is last one to leave property.

What if a client causes a problem in the neighborhood and runs into the youth center? : Howard Brown will follow the law.

Do youths have somewhere to go after the shelter closes? : Youth shelters, but there is limited supply of available beds.

Why isn’t housing more of a service provided by Howard Brown? : Housing has not been a part of Howard Browns offerings in the past, and there are no plans to offer it.

New/Old Business

  • Kim Walz, throwing a Halloween party Saturday for the kids at the house of the good shepherd battered woman’s shelter. Can use volunteers and needs donations of hats, gloves and other winter items. Also needs supplies for virtual learning. Kimberlyjwalz@gmail.com
This Saturday from 12-1:30, DM me if you would like to help! We can always use more candy. For hats/scarves/gloves there are 8 moms (as of today) and 16 kids. 4 girls under age 1; 4 kids ages 2-3 (1 boy, 3 girls); 3 kids ages 4-5 (2 boys and 2 girls); 3 kids ages 6-8 ( 1 boy,2 girls); 2 teens ages 15-17 (1 boy 1 girl). You can drop off any items for the party to me before the event at 3550 N. Lake Shore Drive or if you have something the day of the event you can bring to the shelter at Clifton/Grace.
  • Get in the Kitchen Cooking School. Pairs something fun with cooking. Has a culinary gadget store.
  • Next meeting will be held over Zoom on November 10th at 6:00pm. Please continue to note the new start time.

September 15, 2020 Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 6:00 p.m.

Meeting was held over Zoom Conference Call.

Directors Roll Call

Board Present:

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Megan Cullen-Grochowiak
  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Jean O’Neill
  • Kit Welch
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Marty Wallace
  • Maureen Martino

6th District State Senators Sara Feigenholtz Office Update – Henry Maltezos

  • Don’t forget to fill out Census
  • Unemployment benefits is currently the most common issue.
    • People can’t get through to IDES with issues
    • People have had their identities stolen and applied for unemployment
  • Contact henry@senatorsara.com 773-296-4141

Q&A at meeting

Q: Any updates about fraudulent credit cards being sent out to people who didn’t file for unemployment? IDES uses these cards to get unemployment benefits to people. : A: No, please contact our office and we will facilitate getting you help. This is an ongoing issue. You can also reach out IDES directly. 12th District Representative Yoni Pizer – Rep. Pizer & Cameron Rich

  • Contact (773) 348-8974 www.repyonipizer.com
  • Please contact office if you need additional help with IDES benefits or fraud.
  • Census Deadline is coming, please fill out before September 30th deadline.
  • Make a plan for voting. Get your mail in ballot as early as possible and returned to make sure your vote is counted.
  • Howard Brown has broken ground on the Howard Brown Youth Center 1023 W Irving Park Road with a June 2021 completion projection. This project was completed with state funding.
  • Kelly Park cleanup day was a big success.
  • Working on Clean Energy Jobs Act

5th Congressional District Update – Ellie Song

  • Offices are open for phone and Email Elli.Song@mail.house.gov
    • 773-267-5926
  • Please reach out to office with Immigration issues.
  • Office is available to help with seniors issues including Life line phone service
  • Office can help facilitate IRS issues

46th Ward Update –Alderman James Cappleman

  • Business interruption grants now available, $220 million in new funding
  • Seminary shared street, CDOT placing signs is underway
  • 2020 City of Chicago budget shortfall stands at $800 million. City needs input on budget.
  • Accessory dwelling units ordinance coming to help with affordable housing by allowing things such as coach houses and dwellings above garages.

–  Q&A at meeting

How can we give feedback on the city budget? : Follow link

What is the Seminary shared street? : A way to slow traffic and make street more pedestrian friendly.

Where will elevated train be getting cleaned from? : Seminary and Waveland

Can under elevated train lights be turned back on for safety? : Office will continue to pester CTA about this issue, they are being slow to respond.

44th Ward Update –Alderman Bennet Lawson

  • Look for information on ward website and get on the ward email list:
  • Calvin Catrell is the new community liaison.
  • Fill out your census.

Cubs Update – Heather Way Kitzes

  • NL playoffs will take place in Texas
  • AL will be in California
  • World Series will be held in Arlington Texas
  • Gallagher Way will remain closed for the foreseeable future
  • Zachary Hotel is open with extra seating on Paterson to help with social distancing

Special Thank You to Heather and Brandon for cleanup in Kelly Park

Treasurer Report: Aileen Tien

  • 32,000 plus currently in bank account

Q&A at meeting

What is the plan for donations to neighborhood organizations this year with no funds coming in from Oktoberfest? : Please send ideas in to Michael Zink to be discussed at future meetings. Generally donations are distributed around the holiday season.

Oktoberfest Update: Patrick Nagle

  • Oktoberfest 2021 is 369 days away Crime Update – Mike Zink
  • Armed Robbery during daylight hours.
  • Virtual CAPS meeting is coming up, please attend.

Howard Brown Youth Center: Noah Luken

  • 1023 W Irving Park Road
  • Masonry building
  • Patch work quilt façade
  • June 2021 projected completion
  • Moving and expanding existing operation from nearby Broadway Avenue location

Q&A at meeting

Have you had youths hanging out after hours? : No, safety coordinator is on site till close and is last one to leave property.

What if a client causes a problem in the neighborhood and runs into the youth center? : Howard Brown will follow the law.

Do youths have somewhere to go after the shelter closes? : Youth shelters, but there is limited supply of available beds.

Why isn’t housing more of a service provided by Howard Brown? : Housing has not been a part of Howard Browns offerings in the past, and there are no plans to offer it.

New/Old Business

  • Lake Shore Drive meeting about the entirety of project will be around the End of September
  • Next meeting will be held over Zoom on October 13th at 6:00pm. Please note new start time.

August 12, 2020 Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 7:00 p.m.

Meeting was held over Zoom Conference Call.

Directors Roll Call

Board Present:

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Megan Cullen-Grochowiak
  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Terie Kata
  • Gregory Ratcliff
  • Jean O’Neill
  • Tim Lyndsey
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Maggie Koehler
  • Tom Rothschild

5th Congressional District Update – Mike Quigley

  • Offices are open for phone and Email
  • House of Representatives passed Heroes Act 10 weeks ago
    • 100 Billion for Schools to reopen
    • 1 trillion for state and local governments
    • Continued unemployment benefits
  • Post office is being manipulated as a political tool
  • Senate has just started crafting Coronavirus relief bill 9 days ago
  • Big Cat Bill
  • Bird Safe Buildings Act

Q&A at meeting

Will payroll protection plan be extended? : Would like to see it extended to help the people in need, but there is a stalemate on extending relief for the pandemic currently.

Why are we paying people extra to not work with extra unemployment benefits? : Research has shown that people want to go back to work and the data suggests that people are not taking advantage of this program. People legitimately can not make the same amount at their job, or their fob is unsafe to go back to.

6th District State Senators Sara Feigenholtz Office Update – Henry Maltezos

12th District Representative Yoni Pizer – Cameron Rich

  • Contact (773) 348-8974 | RepYoniPizer.com
  • Unemployment fraud is running rampant contact IDES or Rep Pizer’s office.
  • Merlo Library Reopened.
  • Don’t forget to fill out your census.
  • Passed legislation to support a women’s right to choose.

Q&A at meeting

Is it smart to push voting by mail when fraud seems to be an issue and why is the state pushing for it? The Pandemic makes it difficult and dangerous to vote in person.

46th Ward Update –Alderman James Cappleman

  • Lots of trees fallen from the recent storms. More than 2000 streets blocked in the city
  • Howard Brown is currently taking input from the triangle neighbors about their new facility on Broadway.
  • Howard Brown New Youth Center on West Irving Park Road is breaking ground.
  • Police Reform:
    • CPAC Bill– May violate state law and needs to be sorted out, does not get the support of Alderman Cappleman
    • GAPA Bill- Supported by both Alderman Cappleman and Tunney, but stuck and may not move forward.
  • Homeless people living under viaducts in the ward
    • Hire 1 agency to oversee services and reach out
    • Use results oriented approach

Q&A at meeting

Why is Howard Brown not engaging community about the youth center project on Irving Park Road? : They have been, but don’t legally need any approvals to do what they have planned for the space.

Is Islamic College project moving forward? : No further communication has happened on this project and it is unclear if it is moving forward.

Are developments moving forward at a normal pace in the ward with the pandemic? : Yes everything seems to be moving forward as normal.

Is there any new information about the New York Building front lot development? : They will actually be presenting to ELVN at an upcoming meeting.

44th Ward Update –Alderman Bennet Lawson

  • Look for information on ward website
  • Parks are still closed, if people do need to use parks they are not being cleaned and people should plan to disinfect and be sure to wash hands after using. Even thought parks are closed we understand that people do need to leave their apartments.
  • If you would like to help restaurants in the neighborhood thrive, please reach out to the 44th ward office.
  • The lake is very dangerous at this high of level, please stay away and be safe.
  • Treasure Island site on Broadway is starting excavation.
  • Adjacent Parking lot structure to south of Treasure Island site on Broadway has come down, more details to follow.
  • With all the trees and branches that fell during the recent storms please stay away from power lines that are down. All power lines should be assumed to be charged

Q&A at meeting

Will there be a Boys Town name change? The strip of Halsted is known as North Halsted Entertainment District and the term Boys Town is not used for any official purposes. The Alderman’s office is currently researching the issue and will be continuing a conversation on the idea of a name change to the area.

Cubs Update – Heather Way Kitzes

  • Hotel Zachary has reopened to the public as of August 3rd. Hotel bars are still closed, West Loop Bakery has reopened
  • Neighborhood grounds crew cleanup September 5th. Kelly Park and Challenger Park will be focused on.

Crime Update – Mike Zink

  • Nothing new to report in the neighborhood, please stay vigilant will all the unrest going on in the city.

New/Old Business

  • Maggie Koehler is moving out the ELVN border and will be stepping down from her board position. There will be a appointment process to replace her
  • Seminary shared street is requesting a letter to move forward making Seminary a shared street to both vehicle traffic and pedestrians. Chester is formulating a letter.
  • Next ELVN Meeting will be held in September8th at 7:00pm over Zoom

June 16th 2020 Meeting Minutes

Meeting by Zoom Conference

Call to order by East Lakeview Neighbors President Mike Zink 7:00 pm

State Representative Update- Rep. Pizer

  • Capital Projects
    • Howard Brown Health is getting funding
    • AIDS Memorial Garden is getting funding
  • Workers Comp eased for first responders
  • Supporting vote by mail efforts
  • City of Chicago Casino Deal is in good shape
  • BIG – Business Interruption Grants

46th Ward Update: Tressa Feher Chief of Staff

  • Neighborhood boarding up
  • Expects rioting and damage to property in wake of George Floyd murder

Cubs Update

  • Lakeview Pantry still operating out of Wrigley Field
  • No timeline for baseball to return
  • All Concerts at Wrigley Field cancelled for 2020

Crime:

  • Mass Mailbox Thefts
    • Criminals appear to have the post office carriers key and are using it on medium rise buildings without door attendants
  • Shots Fired-Dakin/Irving Park alley

Howard Brown-1023 W. Irving Park David Ernesto Munar President & CEO

  • Services provided: Social support, emotional support, sexual health clinic
  • Services ages 12 to 24
  • All in one services for LGBTQ community
  • 1600 people served out of current location in 2019
  • Goal is to double number of served
  • Security will be trained in nonviolent intervention
  • Cameras will be located on the outside of the facility
  • Weapon Free Zone
  • Will bring in police when the law requires
  • Security will perform hourly perimeter checks

Adjournment/Closed Session

April 14th 2020 Meeting Minutes

Meeting by Zoom Conference

Call to order by East Lakeview Neighbors President Mike Zink 7:00 pm

Director Roll Call

Board Present

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Maureen Martino
  • Terie Kata
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Maggie Koehler
  • Kit Welch
  • Tim Lindsey
  • Heather Way-Kitzes
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Marty Wallace
  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Gregory Ratcliff

5th District Congressman Mike Quigley:

  • Offices Closed; Phones still work (773) 267-5926
  • $2 Trillion Bailout Plan
  • SBA Loans:
    • Rollout problems
    • Money flowing to big companies first
    • Money will runout by Thursday of this week
    • Adding money to this is a priority of Congress and his
    • Lack of Information flow
    • Expect changes to be made
  • Unemployment
    • Extended and expanded
  • This is only the beginning of bailout, there will be more

44th Ward Update Bennett Lawson, Chief of Staff

Chicago Cubs Update Heather Way-Kitzes

  • Lakeview Pantry using Wrigley Field as satellite distribution center
    • Drive up on Wintrust Gate
  • Zachary Hotel open of Illinois Masonic staff temporary housing
  • Cubs are expediting grants to 19 local Lakeview schools
  • Camry Lot parking permits are not being renewed
    • Expired permits will be accepted

Howard Brown: Frankie Reynolds

3501 N Halsted Proposed Development: Howard Brown Relocation

1023 W Irving Park Road Proposed Development: Youth Center Relocation

  • Day Respite 9am to 7pm
  • No building residents
  • There are no zoning approvals necessary
  • Will come to a future meeting to discuss further

Lakeview Pantry volunteers needed: Lvpantry.org/volunteer

Adjournment/Closed Session