A Dollar General is expected to move into the now-vacant CVS Pharmacy on Detroit Avenue within the “next couple months."
But the proposal will face some opposition from city leaders at the city’s architectural board of review meeting on Thursday.
“I will oppose it tooth and nail, since it represents not the highest and best use, but the lowest and worse use,” said Ward 2 City Councilman Tom Bullock.
He said he plans to attend the ABR meeting on Thursday to address the proposal.
“I want to challenge us all to look to the toolbox used in other cities, who have successfully managed — or at least better managed — and zoned commercial development than we have,” Bullock added.
The building recently changed ownership.
Four local tenants — including a local breakfast restaurant, the owner of a “well-established” Lakewood restaurant, a local hardware store and a fitness center — stepped forward.
To no avail.
“We cultivated these leads, and in spite of that this owner made a lazy decision,” Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development, told Lakewood Patch last week.
According to the proposal, the store will open within the next couple months.
Included in the design plans for the store are the addition of handicap accessible restrooms; new front doors; removal of doors at the rear of the building; and new siding.