It’s not yet known whether Discount Drug Mart will move forward with a plan for its new location after the Lakewood Planning Commission denied a portion of the drug store’s proposal.
The local pharmacy chain — looking to expand its grocery presence in Lakewood at the site of the former Ganley auto dealership — has withdrawn its design proposal at the upcoming architectural board of review meeting on Thursday.
Discount Drug Mart officials have told city leaders that they’ll need to examine their next move.
“They have to decide whether they’re going to pull out or come back with an amended (proposal,” said Ward 4 councilwoman Mary Louise Madigan. “I really hope they come back. Maybe they’ll build smaller, I don’t know.”
The Lakewood Planning Commission denied a few of the local pharmacy’s requests at its meeting last Thursday.
The commission approved the lots consolidation at the site of the former Ganley Auto dealership, but denied other requests including a lot-split at the home on 1425 Grace Avenue (seeking 13.5 feet for parking).
The commission also turned down a request, that if OK'd, would have demolished an 11-unit apartment building to make way for an accessory parking lot.
The issue of a conditional use of a drive-thru at the proposed drug store was tabled.
“The planning commission did a good job talking through some very complicated issues,” Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development, said last week. “We’ll see where it goes from here.”
Discount Drug Mart — with its multi-million-dollar renovation already under way at Lakewood Plaza — bought the property with plans to move its eastern Lakewood location to the corner of Cohassett and Detroit avenues.
Initial plans called for a red brick structure, 92 parking spaces and a drive-thru.
Those plans will need to be altered now if Discount Drug Mart looks to proceed.
Siley said he believes the drug store chain will make readjustments.
“They are pretty invested in the property,” he said.