SELVN won't back Broadway Youth Center zoning appeal

Tue. January 14, 2014 11:49 AM by Windy City Media Group

Chicago, IL - Members of South East Lake View Neighbors (SELVN) voted 41-21 Jan. 13 not to endorse Broadway Youth Center's (BYC's) bid for a zoning variance allowing it to stay in its present location at Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, 615 W. Wellington Ave.

Ald. Tom Tunney must now decide whether to follow SELVN's recommendation when BYC's appeal is heard Jan. 17 at a meeting of the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals.

After the vote, held at SELVN's monthly meeting at Second Unitarian Church, 656 W. Barry Ave., Tunney told members that he had not yet made a decision, but that emphasized he would like to see a written plan of operations from BYC about its role in the neighborhood. The youth center was in the process of negotiating a Good Neighbor Agreement with Tunney's office and SELVN, but SELVN officials felt that the process had no practicality or legal standing and withdrew, according to President Michael Demetriou.

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