The city’s board of architectural review is set to discuss Giant Eagle’s plan to plant a GetGo gas station at the southwest corner of Bunts Road and Detroit Avenue.
Officials from the Pittsburgh-based grocer are expected to present drawings to the board on Thursday.
At the encouragement of the city, the new drawings show a lot more green space.
This won’t be the first time the issue has come before the board. Last month, developers presented initial plans at a special work session meeting at Lakewood City Hall.
And a few weeks later, a crowd of nearly 50 people attended a forum to discuss the issue. Some in attendance opposed the project, while some neighbors showed support for the development.
Earlier this year, Giant Eagle informed the city that it was looking to build the gas station on the property it once owned at the busy intersection of Bunts Road and Detroit Avenue.
The plans for the property at the busy intersection of Bunts Road and Detroit Avenue highlight a 5,600-square-foot brick building, with eight fueling stations, iron fencing and green space.
The GetGo station — unlike the company’s typical gas station — will offer some grocery items, prepared foods, a patio and a Wi-Fi café.
The site will also feature bio-retention landscaping, helping to alleviate the city’s storm water management issues, a move lauded by city officials.
Giant Eagle sold its property across the street at 14013 Detroit Avenue to Urban Active in 2007. However, plans at the site to build a workout facility never came to fruition.
The building has been vacant since 2007, when Giant Eagle finished its move across the street to 14100 Detroit Avenue.
“Preliminary discussions” also included talk about a major overhaul to the existing store at the corner of Bunts Road and Detroit Avenue. However, Giant Eagle representatives recently told city officials those plans are on hold until at least 2013.
Officials said demolition of the existing vacant structure — a grocery store that’s gone by a few names in its history — could begin by June. Construction could be completed by the holidays.