Moving Tiny Town

Special use permit granted for business expansion

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (June 14, 2019) – Following an extensive question-and-answer session during the May 21 Committee of the Whole meeting, approval was granted at the June 4 Village Board meeting for Tiny Town Nursery School to move to 18144 Glen Terrace, which is zoned as an R-2 residential district.

Tiny Town is currently located at 2462 Ridge Road. Owner Cindy Tortolano would like to move across the alley to three classrooms in the building formerly occupied by Trinity Lutheran School. Having an additional classroom will allow the 36-year-old business to expand. “We can eventually add two-year-olds back into our program,” Tortolano told the Board at the Committee of the Whole meeting. “We let that go probably 10 years ago to take on a preschool-for-all program, so now we’ll be able to add the two-year-olds back.” In addition to preschool-for-all, Tiny Town currently offers before- and after-school care as well as full days of care. As part of their programming, they serve breakfast, lunch, and two snacks to the children.

Tiny Town will move across the alley to three classrooms in the building formerly occupied by Trinity Lutheran School. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The Tortolanos plan to sell the existing Tiny Town building as a home.

With the special use permit granted, the Tortolanos are proceeding with other paperwork required by Lansing as well as the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. They hope to complete the move over an extended weekend in mid-July, losing only one day of business and causing minimal disruption to the families they serve.

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