LANSING | Municipal officials formally annexed seven parcels of land Tuesday near Torrence Avenue and Bernice Road to help the proposed construction of a Super Walmart store scheduled to open next summer.
The seven parcels are west of Torrence Avenue and north of Bernice Road. Some businesses are included in a strip mall, while others were once the site of an Arby’s.
In addition, the Village Board annexed the Commonwealth Edison right of way that exists just west of those seven parcels, while also vacating a 902-foot-long strip of land that would have been 177th Street east of Torrence and into the site that will become the Super Walmart.
All three measures were approved by votes of 5-0, with Village Trustee Mikal Stole not voting because he served as village president pro tempore in the absence of Norm Abbott from Tuesday’s board meeting.
Village Attorney Timothy Lapp and Village Administrator J. Wynsma said the transactions were required by Inland, the real estate developer that wants to take the former Sam’s Club and use the site to build a Super Walmart that would be open 24 hours every day of the week.
Both said the seven parcels of land in question were unique in that they were never a part of Lansing proper, even though they were surrounded entirely by land within Lansing’s municipal boundaries.
Wynsma said this would be the last measure required by Lansing, although Inland officials are waiting for closing on the site before they schedule a groundbreaking for the project.
Lapp said such closing on the site could take place within two weeks.
Walmart officials have said they hope to have a Lansing-based store open and running around June 2014.
In other business, Wynsma told village trustees how Landmarks Illinois presented the village with a $2,500 grant to go toward renovations of the Ford Hangar at the Lansing Municipal Airport.
That grant requires some local money to be provided as a match, and Wynsma said the Lansing Historical Society will provide funds for the match, meaning the village will not have to provide any funds.
Additionally, Village Trustee Tony DeLaurentis said he is concerned with traffic along Wentworth Avenue – which recently was expanded into a three-lane road with the middle lane used for turns in both directions.
DeLaurentis said he has seen many motorists use the turn lane to pass other vehicles ahead of them, which he thinks creates a traffic hazard. He said the cost of installing video cameras along the road would be prohibitive as would be the cost of police patrols in the area.
“I don’t know what we can do,” DeLaurentis said.