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Sav-a-Stop transforms former Park Service Station location

Mechanic services no longer offered

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (January 9, 2023) – It was October of 2018 when Park Service Station, at the corner of Torrence Avenue and Thornton-Lansing Road, closed after almost 60 years of pumping gas and fixing cars. The first buyer of the property never seemed to get off the ground, and the business was resold to Scott 356 Inc., which has opened a Sav-a-Stop gas station at the location.

Cyriac Chandy, owner of the new station, appeared before the Planning and Zoning Board on September 28, 2022, and again before the Village Board Committee of the Whole on October 18 to request a special use permit to operate a gas station. The special use was approved on November 1. Chandy was granted approval to open on the condition that he make a handful of cosmetic and landscaping improvements in the coming year.

Sav-a-Stop
The wall separating Sav-a-Stop from Lansing Chiropractic Clinic to the south is in need of attention, and was a subject of discussion at recent public meetings. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Significant remodeling was also done to the building before Sav-a-Stop officially opened, transforming the service garage bays into a snack shop.

Referring to the slew of recently-finished and planned developments on Torrence Avenue, Village Trustee Jerry Zeldenrust said during the Committee of the Whole meeting on October 18, “It just goes to the whole look of what Torrence Avenue is becoming as we incorporate these new businesses. And we are just looking forward to visitors to Lansing, residents of Lansing, being able to travel down Torrence Avenue and really have an appreciation for the fresh look of the businesses on Torrence Avenue.”

Park Service Station
Park Service Station provided mechanic services as well as gas fill-ups, and two garage doors opened to the service bays. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma, 2018)
Sav-a-Stop
The large garage doors have been replaced by windows, and the customer entrance has been moved. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma, 2023)
Park Service Station
Park Service Station used the garage to provide oil changes, brake repairs, battery installations, and other mechanic services. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma, 2018)
Sav-a-Stop
Sav-a-Stop has remodeled the garage space in order to offer snacks and beverages. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma, 2023)

Sav-a-Stop gas station and snack shop is located at 18025 Torrence Avenue in Lansing, Illinois.

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Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.

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