Lansing approves redevelopment agreement for restaurant near proposed Walmart

2013-07-09T21:29:00Z 2013-07-09T22:21:12Z Lansing approves redevelopment agreement for restaurant near proposed WalmartGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
July 09, 2013 9:29 pm  • 

LANSING | The Village Board on Tuesday approved a redevelopment agreement that will provide about $200,000 in economic benefits to the developer of a restaurant near the proposed site for a Super Walmart store.

Trustees voted 6-0 on an agreement with Delian 6, the developer that built a Loubie’s Pancake House at 17601 Torrence Ave. The restaurant is part of a larger property that once was a Sam’s Club warehouse store that will be rebuilt into a Super Walmart store by next year.

The 5,200-square-foot property used by the restaurant and its customer parking will need some changes if it is to fit in once the Super Walmart is built and operating. The economic benefits given to Delian 6 on Monday are meant to make the changes economically viable.

Trustees originally were to vote on this issue when they met last month, but Village Attorney Timothy Lapp said officials were not ready at the time.

In other business, trustees voted without opposition to award a contract to Chicago-based Millennium Construction of Illinois, which will be paid $58,310.25 to repair various sidewalks.

Village Trustee Terry Kapteyn said the Millennium bid was the lowest of four companies that sought the contract. Village President Norm Abbott said he hopes repair work can begin by week’s end.

Trustees also were presented with a draft of a budget for municipal government for the current fiscal year.

Village Administrator J. Wynsma said officials were able to put together a spending plan for Lansing that keeps the village within its anticipated income levels for the fiscal year that began May 1 and runs through April 30, 2014.

“We’re limiting our spending to our level of revenues,” Wynsma said. “We will have a balanced budget this year.”

Village officials have spent the past three months putting together their appropriations ordinance for the current fiscal year, and Wynsma said he anticipates the Village Board will approve the spending plan when it meets again July 16. A draft of the plan is available at Village Hall, 3141 Ridge Road.

Under Illinois law, municipalities have until July 31 to approve their appropriations ordinances.

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