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Napleton River Oaks hopes to demolish old Fannie May structure as part of expansion

Planning and Zoning Board approves the plan, to go before Village Board on 9/15

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (September 10, 2020) – Stefanie Day, a representative from the Napleton River Oaks Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram car dealership, came before the Lansing Planning and Zoning Board on September 9 and explained the dealership’s intent to round out its property on the corner of Torrence Avenue and 173rd Street.

Use of the expanded property will necessitate the demolition of the unused Fannie May building currently occupying the high-profile corner. The property is currently owned by an LLC, according to Day.

Expansion onto the corner property at Torrence and 173rd St. will require the demolition of the old Fannie May building. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

“[We’ll start] as soon as possible. As soon as we get approval, we’ll actually get the lease and we’ll go in for a demo permit and whatever else is needed to get it going,” she said.

Day was asked by the Planning and Zoning Board if there were plans in place to alter the driveways leading into the corner property. Day said Napleton River Oaks would be unable to change the curb structure but would likely put up safety bollards to keep cars from attempting to pass through.

“It’s going to give us a better view from the street, and we can put more cars there and hopefully have more sales,” Day said.

The Planning and Zoning Board voted unanimously to recommend that the Village Board approve the necessary special use permit for Napleton River Oaks. The issue will come before the Village Board on its September 15 meeting. Village Board meetings and Committee of the Whole meetings take place at the Lansing Municipal Court Complex (the police station) at 2710 170th Street.

Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.


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