Thank you for helping the OTTA preserve its character! The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet next Friday, October 21, at 0900. The public meeting is at 121 N LaSalle Street, Room 200. You can help by sending a letter to the board members so that they understand the neighborhood opinion. Here are some guides:
Address letter to:
Chairman Blake Sercye
Zoning Board of Appeals
121 N. LaSalle, Room 905
Chicago IL 60602
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Chairman Sercye’s assistant) and ask that the other four Zoning Commissioners be copied.
– Please reference the meeting agenda item 484-16-Z and address of 411 W Eugenie St.
– Identify yourself as a neighbor and/or OTTA member.
– The owners wish to reduce the following setbacks.
From the ZBA Meeting Agenda:
Application for a variation to reduce the rear setback from the required 25.2′ to 2.04′, the west setback from 3.0′ to 0.99′ (east to be 11.52′) for a combined side setback of 12.51′ and to reduce the required rear yard open space from 177.19′ square feet to 26.91 square feet for a rear one-story addition, rear two-story addition containing two parking stalls and a one story side addition on an existing one-story single family residence.
- Please state your opposition to the above requests in your own words. The arguments about the historic and architectural character of the house and neighborhood aren’t really what zoning deals with, but there is an emotional appeal which helps our case. Some points of interest:
- There are only 5 one-story wood-frame cottages remaining in the Triangle, including this one.
- Built in 1880, the house is listed as having Architectural Significance in the National Historic Register.
- It is passed by nearly every tour of Old Town due to its location close to St Michael’s Church.
- The proposed large rear addition detracts from the architectural character of the house.
- The OTT is known for its small buildings with yards. (and difficult parking situations!) The mass of the proposed addition and loss of green space detract from the character of the neighborhood.
- The alley to the rear of the property is just over 10′ wide, with a large telephone pole at the corner of the lot. The impact of a garage in the tight conditions, especially when snow piles up, is another concern.
Please thank the commissioners.
Please address any questions to the OTTA office.
Historic District / Planning & Zoning Committee
Old Town Triangle Association