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ELVN Community/General Meeting – March 4, 2014

ELVN will be hosting a Community/General meeting at 7 PM on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at the 19th District Police Station Community Room (850 W. Addison). We will be holding our Annual ELVN Board Election. A list of candidates can be found on our website.

Agenda items will include:

  • ELVN Board Elections
  • 44th Ward Updates
    Proposed Sports Plaza Ordinance (SportsPlazaOrdinance.pdf)
    2013 Annual City Wrigley Field Community Meeting (March 12, 2014)
  • 46th Ward Updates
    Proposed 3936 N Sheridan/Dakin Development (This is a proposed 8-story building that will have 60 residential units with some retail. The development will require a zoning change from B1-2 to B3-5.)
  • Wrigley Field Redevelopment Update and Related Issues
    2014 Schedule
    Proposed Sports Plaza Operational Parameters (SportsPlazaProposedOperations.pdf)
    Green Lot Improvements (including discussion of impacts to Racine Avenue)
  • Presentation of Holiday Party/Fundraiser Donations to Unity Green at Gill Park
    Unity Green – www.unitygreen.org

More Sheffield Ave. updates and CAPS meeting reminder

The vacation of Sheffield Avenue had been scheduled as an agenda item for the Wednesday, November 6th meeting of the City Council Committee on Traffic and Public Way.  ELVN was advised that the Sheffield Avenue vacation was removed as an agenda item. We will advise you when it is rescheduled.

The changes to the right field wall also need to be reviewed and approved by the Landmarks Commission (312.744.3200 – landmarks@cityofchicago.org).

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks’ next regular meeting is on Thursday, November, 2013, at 12:45pm in City Hall, 121 N LaSalle St., 2nd Floor, in Room 201-A.

The Wrigley Field expansion is confirmed to be an agenda item. The discussion will include the recent changes to the Wrigley Field master plan. ELVN will be represented at the Landmarks Commission meeting.

Also, be reminded that the CAPS meeting for the ELVN area is tonight, Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7pm in the 19th District Community Room.

Lastly, check out this DNAinfo.com Chicago article: Lakeview District Lost More Than 100 Cops, New Petition Demands More Police

Ordinance for drastic changes to Sheffield Ave to come before City Council committee on Wednesday, November 6

On October 16, 2013, the Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced into City Council an ordinance to authorize the vacation of City right-of-way on Sheffield Avenue in order to accommodate the further expansion of Wrigley Field.

This latest Cubs proposal calls for an additional extension of the right field wall further east into the Sheffield Avenue public right-of-way.  Sheffield Avenue will be narrowed to a width of 23 feet.  Residential parking will be prohibited along the east side of Sheffield.  Our community (including spaces lost on Waveland) will lose over 50 residential parking spaces for 365 days a year to benefit the Cubs on 80 plus days a year.  East Lake View Neighbors is concerned as to the resulting impacts to charter bus loading and to fire trucks and other emergency vehicle which now use Sheffield.

The picture shown below is a view looking north along Sheffield Avenue of the proposed design.

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East Lake View Neighbors opposes the changes to Sheffield Avenue and has so advised the Chicago Cubs and the Office of the Mayor.

The ordinance will go before the City Council Committee on Transportation and Public Way at 10 AM on Wednesday November 6th in Room 201A City Hall.  There will be an opportunity to testify before the Committee as to community concerns regarding the changes to Sheffield.  East Lake View Neighbors will be represented at the Committee meeting.

If you wish to advise the Mayor as to your thoughts regarding the proposed changes to Sheffield, send an email to letterforthemayor@cityofchicago.org.

 

ELVN Community Meeting: September 10th

Our next ELVN Community Meeting is scheduled for 7 pm on Tuesday, September 10th at the 19th District Police Station Community Room.

Preliminary agenda items include:

  • Future plans to improve Gill Park (see rendering below)
  • Wrigley Field Renovation Update
  • Addison Park Development (a pool on the roof? Wow!)
  • City Bike Share Program
  • ELVN Oktoberfest (September 29th)

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Lake View Needs Your Support!

Via Lake View Citizens’ Council

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Dear Neighbors:

As many of us in the Lake View community are aware, this week will be an important milestone in the development not just of Wrigley Field, but a significant amount of the adjacent properties including the “Triangle” and former McDonald’s property.

Alderman Tunney has been fighting for the quality of life for our residents and needs your support this week.  You may be aware that Alderman Tunney is still seeking modifications to the planned development that is being reviewed by the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards.

Specifically, he is seeking a relocation of the hotel entrance away from Patterson Street, elimination of the pedestrian bridge over Clark and a 10 year moratorium on additional signage.  In addition, further plans to implement the Neighborhood Protections that were part of the original framework (protection, remote parking and traffic management) need to be agreed upon.

How do you feel about the proposed development?  Please make your voice heard at the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards meeting!

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WHEN: TODAY, Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 11:00am
WHERE: City Hall, Council Chambers, 121 N LaSalle St., 2nd floor, Chicago IL 60602

 

Great rally! There’s still more we can do…

Thanks to everyone who came out to last night’s rally! It was great to see so many people brave the heat to support our neighborhood!

For those of you in the Loop this afternoon, you can continue to show your community support by stopping by the Planned Development committee meeting TODAY.  It’s going on right now and is expected to last past 5pm today in the City Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 121 N LaSalle St.

More info to follow based on the outcome of today’s session. In the meantime, check out these photos from the “Wrigley Wrally” last night.

TONIGHT: Rally 6:30pm @ Clark & Patterson

Capture2Please join us tonight for the rally to request the city to negotiate and fully vet the proposed planned development for Wrigley Field prior to any approval.

YOUR support and your voice are needed to save our streets from being annexed to the Cubs and the area becoming a digital media circus and open container free-for-all.

Hope to see you there!

When: TONIGHT at 6:30pm
Where: Clark & Patterson


Also, don’t forget to take the survey at wrigleyresidents.com.  Time is running out to voice our concerns. Survey results will be tallied on Friday and presented to city officials.

Take the Survey: Last Chance to Weigh In on Wrigley Renovations!

Proposed renovations to Wrigley Field

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ELVN urges you to share your opinions on the changes that are being passed for Wrigley Field and the surrounding area.

We are extremely concerned that the issues have not been clearly defined and are being passed without any vetting.  EVERYTHING on the Cubs’ wish list could be APPROVED by July 25th City Council meeting.

It is important that you express your opinions by completing the resident’s survey.  The time to act is TODAY!

What are the Details?

This document highlights some of the significant changes included in the Cubs’ proposal (.pdf).

What Can I Do?

Visit the website and take the survey at www.wrigleyresidents.com.  A report based on survey results will be given to the City Council.

What Else Can I Do?

Be advised, the process to get City approval of the FRAMEWORK is quickly moving forward. Note the following schedule of future meetings. All meetings will be in City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., 2nd Floor, in City Council Chambers. We are asking for your support at the following meetings:

July 18, 11 AM – Plan Commission
The Wrigley Field Planned Development is the last item on the agenda and will be heard after the lunch break , about 1:30 PM. The entire Planned Development is on the agenda (Ballpark, Hotel, Office, Plaza, Media Building, Bleacher Walls, and Signage)

July 23, 10 AM – Zoning Committee
The Zoning Committee will receive testimony and then vote on the Planned Development.

July 24, 10 AM – City Council
The full City Council could vote on the Planned Development.

It is important that our community be fully represented at all meetings and the City and Mayor’s Office hear the concerns of the East Lake View community. Plan to attend if you can.

Pros and Cons of Wrigley Renovations: July 15

Wrigley: Renovation Wreck or Refreshed Design?

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), the non-profit, is hosting a free public program on the positive and not-so-positive potential impacts of the Wrigley renovation. The program is part of a bi-annual series that covers local urban planning topics like a Chicago casino, the increase of big box stores within city limits, etc. Wrigley will be the July 15th topic.  It’s free; they just ask that you register online.

DATE: Monday, July 15th
TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
COST: Free
LOCATION: Moe’s Cantina, 3518 N Clark Street
REGISTER ONLINE at www.architecture.org/wrigley

Landmarks Commission Advisory

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“The commission asked the team to include ‘everything we could think of’ in its request for new advertising. The commission approved the plan as part of the broader Wrigley Field renovation package but pulled out the proposals for the two big outfield signs, which will be considered at Thursday’s commission meeting.”

East Lake View Resident,

The June 28th Landmarks Commission meeting was attended by a large number of our Lake View Community.

The testimony given by ELVN was that we supported the renovation of Wrigley Field, but were opposed to the extension of Wrigley Field into the City right of way (especially the narrowing of Waveland Avenue), the 1000 square foot sign in right field, and the 6000 square foot jumbotron in left field.  These changes could change the ambiance and residential character of residential streets adjacent to Wrigley Field forever.

All elements of the Cubs renovation were approved by the Commission except for the 1000 square foot sign in right field and the 6000 square foot jumbotron in left field.  These two signs were deferred until the July 11th regular meeting of the Landmarks Commission.

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks will hold a regular meeting on THURSDAY, July 11, 2013 at 12:45 p.m. in City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., 2nd Floor, in City Council Chambers.

Agenda includes:     Pre-Permit Submission – Outfield Signs

Be advised, the process to get City approval of the FRAMEWORK is quickly moving forward.  Note the following schedule of future meetings.  All meetings will be in City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., 2nd Floor, in City Council Chambers.

July 18, 11 AM – Plan Commission  The Wrigley Field Planned Development is the last item on the agenda and will be heard after the lunch break, about 1:30 PM.  The entire Planned Development is on the agenda (Ballpark, Hotel, Office, Plaza, Media Building, Bleacher Walls, and Signage)

July 23, 10 AM – Zoning Committee  The Zoning Committee will receive testimony and then vote on Planned Development.

July 24, 10 AM – City Council –The full City Council will vote on the Planned Development.

It is important that our community be fully represented at all meetings and the City and Mayor’s Office hear the concerns of the East Lake View community.  Plan to attend if you can.


We would also like to again bring to your attention the opportunity to participate in an online survey being conducted to document the concerns of the Lake View Community regarding the redevelopment of Wrigley Field and the adjacent area, (www.wrigleyresidents.com).  The results will be shared with the City of Chicago.