Village to facilitate condo transaction involving church

2013-02-24T00:00:00Z Village to facilitate condo transaction involving churchGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LANSING | Village officials accepted ownership of a condominium this week with the intent of transferring the property to a local church.

At stake is a unit in a condominium complex at 18550 Torrence Ave., which had come under the control of the Wells Fargo Bank. The bank did not want to continue to own the property, and the Living Word Church, located about one block away at 2248 186th St., has expressed interest in gaining the property.

But the bank was unable to transfer ownership directly to the church. Hence, the Village Board on Tuesday voted 6-0 on a resolution that transfers ownership free of charge to the village.

Lansing will then give the property to the church, which will then have to come up with the money necessary to make the condominium unit livable.

“That condo is going to need some extreme work,” said Village Administrator J. Wynsma, who said he has been told the church wants the property so visiting pastors can stay there while in town.

In other business, the Village Board voted 6-0 on a resolution and an ordinance that will permit Verizon to install an antenna atop the village water tower at 193rd Street and Burnham Avenue. The agreement is for five years, with four options of five years each that could result in the tower being in place for up to 25 years, said Village Attorney Tim Lapp.

Village officials also voted without opposition to a backup 911 agreement with Lynwood. Village President Norm Abbott said any speculation the move would result in laying off of 911 dispatchers in Lansing is incorrect.

They also filed an application for up to $400,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to pay for up to 1.4 miles of improvements to residential streets in select portions of Lansing. Village Engineer Jeff Pintar said officials will learn later this year how much of grant money they will receive from Cook County.

Lansing voters will be asked in the April 9 election to decide if the village should proceed with electricity aggregation to try to lower residents' utility bills. Public hearings will take place at 11 a.m. March 18 at the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., and at 7 p.m. April 2 at the municipal court complex, 2710 170th St.

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