Walgreens proposed for UBAA Tap property
Plan Commissioners unanimously recommended five measures associated with a proposed Walgreens Pharmacy, which would be built on the former site of the UBAA Tap tavern on the 9900 block of Crawford Avenue. | File photo
Updated: January 7, 2013 6:17AM
The family-owned UBAA Tap — once called UBAA & Old Crawford Inn — was one of Skokie’s oldest taverns before it was shuttered and put up for sale more than a year ago.
Now, the property, which sits adjacent to Evanston on the northeast end of the village, could become home to a new Walgreens with a drive-through. The proposed project is scheduled to go before the Skokie Plan Commission Dec. 6 at Village Hall.
Evanston released information about the proposal since some of the surrounding residents live there and not in Skokie. The property is located at 9956 Crawford Ave.
“While the proposed site of the Walgreens is entirely within the Village of Skokie, the proposed project is directly across the street from residential property located in the City of Evanston to the north (Harrison Street) and east (Crawford Avenue),” Evanston officials said in a release. “Interested parties, including Evanston residents, are encouraged to attend this meeting or submit comments.”
For the project to move forward, the Skokie Village Board must approve map amendments and special use permits for the sale of liquor and the pharmacy drive-through. Other related items include a subdivision, alley vacation, dedication of a new alley and other zoning relief.
Augie Diesterheft founded the tavern with its U-shaped bar the same year World War II broke out. Months before it closed last year, the village granted UBBA a special use permit for outdoor dining, but the business was never able to use it.
The family owners referred to UBAA Tap as “a long-term, well respected neighborhood establishment that has good relations with the community.” It was owned by four generations of family members before it closed down.
The site plan for the proposed Walgreens is scheduled to be available Monday at www.skokie.org.
For more information, including access to plans and maps of the proposed project, contact the Skokie Community Development Department at (847) 933-8447. ~.