Lansing zoning board to consider Super Walmart proposal on April 10

2013-04-03T10:30:00Z 2013-04-03T23:30:05Z Lansing zoning board to consider Super Walmart proposal on April 10Gregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 03, 2013 10:30 am  • 

LANSING | The village’s Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals on April 10 will consider a proposal to turn the one-time Sam’s Club warehouse store into a Super Walmart.

Village Trustee Mikal Stole said Tuesday during a Village Board meeting the proposal would be among the issues on the agenda for the zoning board when it meets on that date.

Village officials have said if the zoning board were to recommend the project at that time, it would be possible for the Village Board to give final approval at its April 16 meeting.

Stole said he was not sure if a recommendation would come from the zoning board at that time, or if they would require more time to study the issue. But, he said, “I’m not aware of any issues right now that would delay this.”

Stole said people should not presume that means the Walmart proposal is a done deal.

“I’m sure the zoning board will do a thorough review to make sure this is good,” he said. “It’s just that I don’t think there’s any opposition to this.”

The proposal would turn the one-time Sam’s Club site at 17555 Torrence Ave. into a Super Walmart that would include a full-scale supermarket along with other retail goods. The property has been vacant since the warehouse store moved four years ago to the River Oaks West shopping center in Calumet City.

The existing Walmart store in The Landings shopping center, at 16771 Torrence Ave. in Lansing, would close. Village officials have said it likely would be turned into smaller storefronts that would fit in with the character of The Landings.

Village Administrator J. Wynsma said that a larger Walmart in Lansing would consist of about a 150,000-square-foot structure and would employ about 460 people, about 175 more than employed at the current location.

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