Lansing board approves new building commissioner

2013-01-15T22:00:00Z Lansing board approves new building commissionerGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
January 15, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

LANSING | An eight-year resident who has worked in both commercial and residential construction for much of his life will be hired as the village’s new building commissioner.

The Village Board on Tuesday voted 6-0 to hire Timothy Grossi, who will begin Jan. 22. His salary will be in the “mid-$70,000s,” said village Administrator J. Wynsma.

Grossi will be leaving a job as a construction safety representative for a subcontractor at the BP oil refinery in Whiting.

Wynsma said Grossi has worked for various construction firms throughout his professional life, starting when he was a teenager with a construction company operated by his father.

“He’s been in both commercial and residential construction, and he’s been in construction just about all of his life,” Wynsma said.

The Building Department is in charge of issuing construction permits and ensuring that all structures in Lansing are built to code. The department also provides health inspections for the village as required.

The building commissioner post has been vacant since the resignation last year of Jeff Zupan, Wynsma said.

“It has been vacant for a while, but we will be better off with (Grossi) fulfilling the duties,” he said.

In other business, Trustee Mikal Stole said the former Bob Evans restaurant at 2430 173rd St., will become a new restaurant later this year. He said officials with the International House of Pancakes want to take over the location.

Construction will begin in March, Stole said, and restaurant officials hope to be open for business by September.

Village officials also are working on plans to hold a 120th birthday celebration for Lansing on March 4, marking the anniversary of the date on which Lansing was incorporated. Pioneer settlements in the Lansing area date to 1865.

Wynsma said the celebration likely will be held on Ridge Road in the downtown business district, but specific plans have yet to be worked out.

Also on Tuesday, Wynsma said the village will cooperate with the Lan-Oak Park District, the Lansing Chamber of Commerce, the Lansing Public Library and various churches to compile a comprehensive list of events taking place in the south suburb.

Wynsma said that village officials hope to post the list on the village website ( by the end of January.

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