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First step taken to bring Starbucks to Torrence Ave. in Lansing

Hoped to be finished by end of 2021

LANSING, Ill. (December 11, 2020) – During last week’s Village Board Meeting, the Board voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with a development company that plans to construct a Starbucks on the northeast corner of Torrence Avenue and Thornton-Lansing Road.

This corner was previously occupied by the former Artlynn Photography building, which was demolished the week of October 26. That corner is now vacant, and stretches all the way north to the site of the former Rosemoor Funeral Home, which was demolished just days after the Artlynn Photography building.

The Village has taken the first step toward bringing a Starbucks to the high-visibility property shown above in a dated Google Earth image. All of the structures on and near the future Starbucks site have been demolished since the above image was rendered. (Graphic from Google Earth)

The purchase and sale agreement is the first step toward selling the property to Glazier Project, LLC, a Chicago-based development company that has developed Starbucks locations in the past, including the new South Holland location that has not yet opened.

Glazier Project, LLC, developed the South Holland Starbucks, which is built but not yet open. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

According to Village Attorney Matt Welch, Glazier Project will need to show the Village its building plans, its financing plan, and evidence of at least a 10-year lease with Starbucks, as well as secure Village permits before the property is sold. Once it has acquired the property, Glazier has 30 days to start construction. Village Administrator Dan Podgorski said construction could start as early as Spring 2021, and would likely be finished by the end of 2021.

“I think it’s an awesome opportunity,” Village Trustee Maureen Grady-Perovich said, and thanked the Village staff involved in securing the project.

Because the Starbucks will not take up the entire property, Podgorski said Glazier is likely to develop the remaining land for another business on the northern portion of the property. These plans have not yet been announced.


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.


  1. Congratulations to the Village of Lansing for getting the Starbucks, the school teachers in Lansing will love this

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