By Josh Bootsma
LANSING, Ill. (October 24, 2021) — Standing near a massive hole in the ground that had once been a multi-story bank and office building, dozens of local officials, developers, construction employees, and others gathered to break ground on what will be a combined healthcare and housing facility.
The ceremony took place on Friday afternoon, northwest of the intersection of Torrence Avenue and Thornton Lansing Road, where a new facility will host a Christian Community Health Center location alongside a 45-unit housing complex that is intended for use by veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Multiple speakers took the microphone during the brisk event, including Full Circle Communities president Joshua Wilmoth, Lansing Mayor Patty Eidam, Lansing Village Administrator Dan Podgorski, Cook County Board Commissioner Stanley Moore, Christian Community Health Center CEO Kenneth Burnett, and others.
“From the moment [Village Administrator Dan Podgorski] mentioned this project to me, it kind of hit my heart,” said Mayor Eidam. “I’m a United States military Army veteran and so this is amazing that we’re going to be able to take care some of our local veterans right here in Lansing and provide them with the healthcare they need right on site.”
“Torrence Place”, which will replace a years-long eyesore on the high-profile corner, will include a 3,500 square foot medical facility and a two-story residential facility, with both one- and two-bedroom rooms available.
“The residents who live here, they’re going to have within walking distance Chipotle, and across the street Starbucks, and then Taco Bell Cantina, and the Dixie Kitchen. Imagine what this site’s going to look like in a couple years,” Administrator Podgorski said.
Some of the plans Podgorski mentioned have been discussed at recent Village Board meetings, and represent part of the Village’s efforts to bring commerce back to Torrence Avenue. Taco Bell Cantina has not been discussed at a public meeting, but is planned for north of the future Starbucks, near the former Rosemoor Funeral Home property.
Full Circle’s Joshua Wilmoth said he hopes the new facility will open its doors next fall. More information about the project can be found in this article.
- Lansing approves slew of new businesses: Smoothie King, Bevda’s Beverage Superstore, Cheers Video Gaming, and others (September 9, 2021)
- Proposed healthcare and housing facility would prioritize veterans, people with disabilities (June 28, 2021)