LYNWOOD | Village officials heard an informal proposal this week from people who want to develop a 24-hour child care center in the south suburbs.

Patricia Pratt is one of the individuals interested in running such a facility, and she appeared before the Village Board when they met Tuesday to give them a summary of what they have in mind.

She said that her group, which consists of people knowledgeable in issues such as health care, child care and security who are from south suburban Glenwood, would like to develop such a facility on land on and around the current site of Benny’s Place, 2549 Glenwood-Lansing Road, which would put it just east of Torrence Avenue.

Pratt told village officials her group also has looked at land in the North Creek Construction development just west of that intersection, and also is scheduled to appear before Matteson village officials on Thursday.

The facility, wherever it gets built, would be able to handle children up to age 12, and would have medical facilities combined with the child care operations, Pratt said.

Village President Eugene Williams expressed concerns about a child care center being close to Benny’s, which has a liquor license, until he learned the group would want to use the Benny’s location in their own plan if it were to become available.

Village officials did not give any approval or rejection of the proposal.

“We will continue to talk to (Pratt). This sounds like a very good thing,” Williams said. “We want to know a little bit more before we make a decision.”

In other business, the Village Board voted 6-0 to approve a three-year contract extension with Mad Bomber Fireworks Production, which will handle the fireworks display for the annual Lynwood Fest event — which this year will take place Aug. 25.

The village will pay $14,600 this year, $14,850 next year and $15,100 in 2014 for the Kingsbury, Ind.-based company to handle the fireworks displays, which Williams boasted were, “the best in the region, including Chicago.”

Trustees also voted 6-0 in favor of a special use permit to Jose Maldonado to operate a used car dealership at 3245 Glenwood-Dyer Road. A used car lot already operates at that site, but under different ownership.


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