By Josh Bootsma
LANSING, Ill. (August 21, 2022) – The Village of Lansing will receive $875,000 from the state of Illinois to be used for sidewalk replacement in the downtown Ridge Road area in the coming years.
The funds will come from the Rebuild Illinois Downtowns and Main Streets Capital program. Lansing is one of 50 communities that will receive money to revitalize its downtown district, according to a press release from the Governor’s Office.
The statewide grant program “support[s] projects that will revitalize commercial hubs, beautify and modernize downtowns, address critical infrastructure needs, boost jobs and improve the quality of life for residents,” said the release.
Lansing Village Engineer Jeff Pintar said the Village was hopeful to receive the money because the stipulations for the grant matched Lansing’s downtown corridor well. He said the Village included Ridge Road’s history as a thriving downtown thoroughfare as part of the grant application.
The money will be used to replace sidewalks in the downtown district of Ridge Road — roughly from Burnham Avenue to the state line. Pintar said the Village will think carefully about the design elements that will be incorporated into the project.
Overall, the project will cost an estimated $1.2 million, with the Village of Lansing footing roughly 30% of the cost after state funds are applied.
Currently in the earliest stages, the project timeline has not yet been established.
The state also awarded Calumet City $686,000 for “Burnham Avenue corridor improvements.”