Lansing approves new standard for brick in local construction projects

2013-09-21T21:45:00Z Lansing approves new standard for brick in local construction projectsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
September 21, 2013 9:45 pm  • 

LANSING | In the future, anyone wishing to add to or rebuild portions of a commercial structure in the village will have to use face brick or natural stone for the work.

The Village Board on Tuesday voted without opposition for a change in the village ordinances regarding building regulations and construction materials.

Village Attorney Timothy Lapp said the change is meant to improve the appearance and structure of future construction in Lansing.

The revised ordinance includes one exception, buildings of 50,000 square feet or larger can use quickbrick, which is concrete masonry made to look like brick. But such projects would have to be considered on an individual basis, and would have to get advance approval of the Village Board, Lapp said.

Village President Norm Abbott said this is likely to be only the first of several changes that will be made in coming weeks to Lansing’s building regulations.

“You’ll see more revisions made in the fall and in the spring,” Abbott said. “Changes will be coming.”

In other construction-related measures considered by the Village Board, Trustee Tony DeLaurentis said that municipal officials are waiting for a demolition permit to be issued by Cook County for the one-time Sam’s Club facility at 17555 Torrence Ave.

He said once the building is torn down, work can begin on the proposed Super Walmart store that officials want to have built by next summer.

Village trustees also gave Abbott permission to accept a $200,000 grant from Cook County. The money, from the county's Capital Development Block Grant program, will be used for street repairs throughout Lansing.

The Village Board voted 6-0 to award a contract to A-1 Dave’s Tree Service. The Munster-based company will be paid $58,625 to remove certain trees and stumps around the village. Money for the work will come from Motor Fuel Tax funds the village received from state government.

Also, the Fashionette store, 3344 Ridge Road, will receive financial help from the village’s Facade Improvement Program, which provides up to $50,000 in reimbursements to businesses in the downtown district that wish to make improvements to their outer appearances.

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