By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (December 16, 2021) – Smells of dust and finality were in the air Thursday morning at the former Lansing Country Club as an excavator brought crashing to the ground a building that was once significant to many local golfers, anglers, bocce ball players, and countless others.

The demolition of the clubhouse at the former Lansing Country Club is the latest change to the property, which is now owned by the Saxon Partners. The group bought the property in in late 2020 and have already established plans to develop the Indiana portion.

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The Lansing Country Club clubhouse was located at 18600 Wentworth Avenue. The club was open for nearly 80 years before being sold in late 2020. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

The future of the Illinois portion — in which the clubhouse was located — is still uncertain, though Gary Warfel, a development director for Saxon, last week said, “While we have not made any commitments for Illinois, we are considering a potential commercial use for the Illinois side that would bring commerce and jobs. We plan on discussing new ideas with the Village of Lansing as things materialize over the next few months.”

The future of the Illinois portion of the property remains uncertain, though developers have some ideas that are being discussed. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

The demolition of the clubhouse comes after the original clubhouse — which in more recent years had served as a school — was demolished last week.

Warfel said of the recent demolitions, “Those buildings were all in very rough shape and plagued by deferred maintenance … [they] were loaded with asbestos and had to be properly abated.”

As the clubhouse was being demolished, a few former club members came to take photos and collect a brick or two from the rubble.

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Betsy Coughlan (left) and Steve Kasper both happened to visit the demolition site at the same time on Thursday. Both were longtime club members. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Coughlan and Kasper search for intact bricks to keep and give to others. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
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4 COMMENTS

  1. I thought there were plans for the Lansing side to be devoted to nature? As in forest preservation or park district?. The Lansing side does not need to be “developed”. It needs to be preserved for the wildlife that have depended on this area for years & years. We’ve taken enough from the wildlife already, haven’t we??
    YES WE HAVE!! Please tell me SOMEONE is taking this into consideration??? Are people aware that Bald Eagles are spotted here frequently? Please keep people like me (who care about nature/wildlife/our environment/etc etc etc…up to date on when the “meetings for development”😩😤 will be occurring. Thank you!

  2. I agree Eileen! Unfortunately, when a piece of property is purchased instead of being donated or absorbed through emanant domain the purchaser has the right to build/use the property for anything they see fit or the village/state will allow. That usually means what it will profit the village and the state the most. As for the eagles they have been spotted all around the area so it would prove to be beneficial.

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