LANSING | Village officials say they expect the one-time Sam’s Club warehouse store to be demolished in May to make way for a proposed Super Wal-Mart that officials hope to be complete before Thanksgiving.
Demolition already has begun on a one-time Babies 'R' Us store located nearby, with half of the structure at 17675 Torrence Ave. to remain as a smaller retail store. The other half will be torn down for more parking at the proposed Super Walmart.
Much of the work done to date has been inside the old Babies 'R' Us. Village Trustee Tony DeLaurentis said demolition to make way for more parking will begin later this week.
He also said the village Building Department was to issue the permit Wednesday for demolition of the Sam’s Club at 17555 Torrence Ave.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency also issued a permit related to water flow in the area that requires demolition crews to wait until at least May 1 before the Sam’s Club demolition can begin.
DeLaurentis said a groundbreaking ceremony for the project would take place shortly thereafter.
He also said officials of both the Lansing Police and Fire departments met with the project developers to discuss the demolition work and ensure no hazards would be created for people living or working in the area.
Fences have been erected around the construction site to prevent people from getting too close once demolition work begins in earnest.
Wal-Mart awarded Nowak Construction of Chicago the contract earlier this year to demolish the Sam’s Club and build the new Super Wal-Mart.* The new structure will have the address 17625 Torrence Ave.
Village Administrator J. Wynsma has said municipal officials hope to have the new supermarket and retail store operating before Thanksgiving.
* Editor's note: This story has been corrected from an earlier version.