LANSING | Village officials supported a series of agreements Tuesday to support expanding an auto dealership and offer tax-sharing agreements to its soon-to-be owner.
Ridgeway Chevrolet, 17730 Torrence Ave., is set to be purchased by Phillips Chevrolet of Frankfort – the largest Chevrolet dealership in the Chicago area.
Phillips has plans to expand its new acquisition. Nine acres of land just west of the dealership was annexed into Lansing and was zoned to allow for commercial use of the land.
Also approved by the Village Board on Tuesday was an agreement allowing them to erect a 47-foot-high sign, along with assorted trees and shrubs surrounding the property.
The village also will give Phillips Chevrolet a tax-sharing agreement so all sales taxes received by the village in excess of $115,000 will be split by the village and the auto dealership for the next six years – provided that Phillips proceeds with plans to refurbish the property.
About a year ago, village officials approved a similar tax-sharing agreement with Ridgeway Chevrolet to encourage them to remain in Lansing. Since then, the dealership’s owners decided to sell the business.
Village President Norm Abbott said he sees the approval of a tax-sharing agreement with Phillips as being “very similar” to what the village was willing to give to Ridgeway.
“This is a continuation of what we would have given to Ridgeway,” Abbott said.
All of the measures were approved by the Village Board by votes of 5-0, with village Trustee Julie Butler being absent from Tuesday’s meeting.
Curtis Pascarella, who will be managing the Lansing auto dealership once the transaction is complete, said officials were looking forward to having a presence.
“We’re really excited to make the move to Lansing,” he said. “We look to bring our integrity to the” village.
In other business, the Village Board approved an agreement so Dr. Loren M. Brown can be used by paramedics as part of a team standing by any time the Police Department serves an arrest warrant.
Village Administrator J. Wynsma said the purpose of the agreement is to have a physician and surgeon on hand in the event that serving a warrant gets out of control and someone winds up hurt.
“It adds a layer of protection in case someone were injured,” he said.
Also Tuesday, village Trustee Terry Kapteyn asked Wynsma to do a review of village ordinances related to vacant homes and the time periods in which the village must react to them. It was not known when such a review would be complete, or what further action would be required by the Village Board.