April Newsletter and Meeting Announcement (Tuesday, April 10)

Meeting Announcement

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport
6:30 PM – Socializing
7:00 PM – Meeting Begins

Why is the image for this meeting a Pedestrian Crossing sign?

At the meeting, Lee Crandell, Executive Director of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is introducing a proposal to change to  zoning on Lincoln Avenue, from Belmont to Diversey to a “Pedestrian Designated Street” (a “P-Street”).  This has significant impact on what can be built on the street, especially when combined with the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) zoning rules.  Please read the longer description of this in the President’s section at the start of the April Newsletter. Consider this homework to prepare for the meeting, as well as a review of https://chicagocode.org/17-3-0500/.

The Meeting Agenda

  • 1214 Fletcher – zoning change
    This lot is 6 lots west of Racine. It is zoned C1-1, which is commercial. The zoning is a remnant of the olden days when various types of businesses were spread throughout the neighborhood, even on the side streets. Currently a 2-flat with a dilapidated coach house sits on the site. The Developer is requesting a zoning change to RT-4 in order to build a 3-story, 2-unit duplex, slightly over-sized condo building. This zoning is consistent with the current zoning on the 1200 block of Fletcher. This will be a voting issue and the results will be forwarded to the Alderman for his final decision

    Image from Google Street View

  • Pedestrian Retail – Designated Street Ordinance for 2800-3200 Lincoln Ave.

What happened at the March meeting?

These were the issues discussed in March:

  • 1357-59 W. BARRY – ZONING CHANGE for conversion of commercial space to residential

Read more in the April Newsletter.

Also in the newsletter:

  • LINCOLN/BELMONT/ASHLAND Reconstruction Project Update
  • Primary election results
  • CAPS news
  • News from our elected officials

Be sure to read the April Newsletter.


March 13 Meeting, March Newsletter: Zoning & Candidates

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb*.  Read more in the March Newsletter. Regardless, our regular March meeting is coming up!

Meeting Info

Tuesday, March 13
Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport
6:30: Socializing
7:00 Meeting begins


1357-59 W. BARRY
ZONING CHANGE for conversion of commercial space to residential This building is a beautiful brick 3 story rental property on the southeast corner of Barry and Southport with Fine Cleaners occupying the corner commercial space. The top trim is ornate and deserves a look at the next time you go by. There is a small commercial space (currently a photographer) in this building east of the corner. The Owner wishes to convert this space to a residential unit. However, in order to convert this space, the building would have to be up-zoned to a more lucrative B-2-3.

If that zoning was permitted, the Owner could put in a higher number of units in the building then current zoning allows. SLN’s Neighborhood Development and Review Committee (NDRC) does not support this zoning change. The NDRC feels allowing an up-zoning would set a precedent for Developers in the future to ask for the same high density zoning.

This will be a voting issue and the results will be forwarded to the Alderman for his final decision.

The owners of the former Temple Bar have been leasing out the business at this site. After several restaurant failings, the owners have decided to restart and run a reincarnation of the Temple Bar. The owners will be presenting their plans for the outdoor area in the parkway.

This will be a hand-voting issue and the results willbe forwarded to the Alderman for his final decision.

Around election time, the non-incumbent candidates contact SLN looking for some opportunities to meet people in the neighborhood face-to-face. The candidates will be there for the 6:30-7:00 premeeting socializing. They will also be given time to make a brief presentation to the members.

Expected to attend: Steve Schwartzberg, Benjamin Wolf and Sameena Mustafa, all Democratic candidates opposing incumbent Mike Quigley. The election is Tuesday, March 20.

What happened at the February meeting?

  • SLN presentent the Athenaeum with a check matching $1,000 in gifts to the theatre’s restoration fund.
  • There was a vote supporting a zoning change for the southwest corner of Greenview and George.
  • There was a vote supporting a zoning change for 1246 W. George.
  • There was a vote supporting a zoning change for 1211-1213 Belmont.  (There was much sadness over the upcoming loss of Murphy’s.)

Where can I learn more? What’s happening in the neighborhood?

Both excellent questions. You can read more in the March Newsletter.  The newsletter includes news about

  • CPD Community Relations Strategy
  • Recently sold real estate
  • The role of SLN’s NDRC  (Neighborhood Development Review Committee)

* March comes in like a lion and goes out like a ….kangaroo?


March 13 Meeting pre-announcement

Save the date: Tuesday, March 13.

Meeting agenda (tentative):

  • Temple Bar outdoor seating. (Yes, they’re coming back.)
  • 1357-59 W. Barry zoning issue
  • 1214 W. Fletcher zoning issue.
  • 3 Democratic challengers to Mike Quigley will drop in: Ben Wolf, Steve Schwartzenberg, and Sameena Mustafa.

And in April….

Homework: The April meeting will begin a discussion on a proposal from the Lakeview Chamber to make Lincoln from Belmont to Diversey a Designated Pedestrian Street. You can read the ordinance at http://chicago47.org/wp-cont…/…/Pedestrian-Street-Zoning.pdf. Pedestrian Street Designations have a major impact on density, especially as it relates to Transit Oriented Development.

February 13 Meeting: 3 Zoning Changes

First of all, here’s the February Newsletter, hot off the presses.

Meeting Information:

Tuesday, February 13
Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport
6:30 Socializing
7:00 Meeting Starts


  1. 1246 W George, repurposing a M1-2 manufacturing building into a 3 story residential RT-4 similar to other nearby buildings. This plan and the developer are controversial with immediate neighbors and hopefully some resolution can occur. The Neighborhood Development Review Committe e [NDRC] has recommended approval of the current submitted plan.
  2. 1503 W George, rezoning a double lot with a current 3 flat and coachouse into two RT-4 lots to accommodate a new single family home on the new east parcel. There are a lot of moving parts and issues with this plan and the NDRC review is initially not to recommend. The developer has a unique idea which he wishes to present to the community at large.
  3. 1211-13 W Belmont, razing two old frame buildings [Murphy’s Hot Dogs] on two standard lotswith legacy M1 -2 zoning to B2-3 to facilitate a 4 1/2 story 8 unit building. The NDRC review appreciates the development but only to a -2 density which limits it to 3 1/2 stories 6 units which is in more alignment with the rest of the area.

More details on these developments are in the newsletter.  Please review the details prior to the  meeting!

March Preview:  Looking ahead to March, we have a possible zoning change on Southport/Barry, a Temple Bar revival presentation, Chamber of Commerce presentation/discussion on changing Lincoln Ave to A PEDESTRIAN DESIGNATION street affecting future development and a couple brief introductions to some candidates for US Congress etc.

Also for your consideration, we have openings for some concerned residents to join our board of directors -requires an additional meeting/month usually the eve of 3rd Tuesday. Additionally, if you have some background in law, zoning, architecture or construction/contracting the NDRC could also use your help. Development reviews are scheduled as needed.

What’s happening in the neighborhood? What’s going on with the Blue Park?  What was consumed at the Holiday Party? What’s the latest from the CPD program formerly known as CAPS? How can you get some funding to install security cameras? You guessed it! It’s in the newsletter.