St. John Church and School redevelopment in Ukrainian Village is moving forward


Corner of Walton and Hoyne

St. John Church and School, located on the corner of Walton St. and Hoyne Ave. (913-25 N.) is being developed by Mokin Development, who purchased the site in February. The architect is Orest Baranyk, Baranyk Associates, Ltd. 

Currently, they plan to have a 19-unit condo complex with 10 units in the church and 9 in the school, which  requires a zoning change from RT-4 to RN-5. Under RT-4 they are limited to 17 units. 

Units will average about 1,500 square feet per unit in three levels of living space in the church building and the school. Anticipated market price will be in the $400 thousands, said Baranyk. 


The south end of the Hoyne parcel houses the school building

The plan is to put parking in the basement with one space per unit. The access will be between the two buildings. However, Chicago Landmarks is objecting to a 12-foot curb-cut to provide access from the Hoyne Ave. side. "They want us to have the garage entrance off the alley, but if we do that we will have to remove 8 to 10 feet from the school building. It will also mean that the pitch angle down will be greater than going off the Hoyne side," according to Baranyk. 


This interior shot shows the primary stained glass window

In respect to how they will be handling the stained glass window, that has not been determined as yet said Baranyk. As a landmark site, the façade, including the stained glass window, must be maintained. 

"I hope they come up with some interesting layouts for the site. With the multiple roof line levels, they have an opportunity to produce some interesting configurations," commented Jonathan Fine, Executive Director of Preservation Chicago. 

There was a presentation of the project at the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association's (UVNA) May 16 meeting but the presenters did not give the organization enough time to notify the entire membership of their attendance. "In order to give all members due notice,  we did not take a vote on the proposed changes," said UVNA Board Member George Matwyshyn. The project will be on the agenda for their June 20 meeting. It is hoped that the presentation will be more detailed at the June meeting.

Baranyk, a Ukrainian, lived in Ukrainian Village when he first came to this country as a child. Now he and Troyanovsky have teamed up to do several other projects in the area including 2052 W. Ohio St.; a 6-unit at 1916 W. Armitage Ave., a 4-unit at 1640 N. Rockwell St.; and 1641 N. Claremont Ave.




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