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Detroit Theatre Demolition, McDonald’s Construction Set to Begin

Construction of the fast-food restaurant expected to be wrapped up by Halloween.

The final curtain is set to close on the this spring to make way for the Golden Arches of McDonald’s.

Demolition of the nearly 90-year-old-year-old building is expected to begin by May once all the tenants have moved out. 

Construction of the new — which would move the Sloane Avenue location — would begin shortly afterward.

“We’re hoping to have it open by Halloween,” said Mike Lewis, the project manager for the Lakewood McDonald’s. “In construction there are always things that can slow you down.”

The project so far hasn’t exactly been speedy.  By the time demolition begins, it will have been a year since first introduced the proposal to the city.

There have been , and a series of public meetings. 

“This deal is a little more complicated than most that I am used to,” said Lewis.
“It needed a lot of attention because there was a lot of concern. I think we did everything we could to accommodate (residents’) concerns. At the end of the day, it’s still a commercial property that’s at the end of a residential street.”

He said that the Lakewood McDonald’s will stand out in the portfolio of other newly designed McDonald’s across the country.

“We’re rebranding ourselves nationwide,” Lewis said, adding that the double roof-lines and the red and yellow hues are a thing of the past.

“The company across the system is changing… This is a one-of-a-kind building — it’s very specific to the community. The goal is to have it blend into Lakewood — to create something that Lakewood embrace, and also have the ability for our customers recognize that it’s still a McDonald’s.”

The property will be held by Lakewood-based , which will lease the land to McDonald’s.

Alex Vandehoff February 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Any news on what will happen at the Sloane location? With the existing plaza and a vacant McDs site (I know it's full, I'm not saying shut it down), there's a good bit of land there for development.
Jason February 16, 2012 at 01:55 PM
(Sing along with me now) Pizza Hut, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut, McDonald's, McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut...
Lake ave guy February 16, 2012 at 02:02 PM
we need another Mc Donald's like we need a hole in the head.
Tate Davidson February 16, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I'd love to see a building without the McDonalds logo. And without McDonalds food. And without drive-thrus. And pretty much something that isn't McDonalds. I hate to think the protests did nothing - but at the end of the day, the properties on Woodward will be less desirable and the street will be even more of a drag-strip for people that are cutting thru or heading to or from Mcd's. I'm still proud that my family stood in protest of this though. If anything, we showed passerbys that we care.
Phil McCrevis February 16, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I used to take pride in Lakewood. I'd drive through neighboring communities that are packed with corporate garbage and think to myself how happy I was to live in a community that was basically shielded from the homoginizied garbage of fast food, drug stores and chain restaurants. Lakewood has finally joined the other "sell outs" What a disgrace. Add to that the influx of sec. 8 housing, the concoction resulting in a city I'm no longer proud of.
Brandon Scullion February 16, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I would like to see Natures Bin Expand greatly.
Steve February 16, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Personally, I would like to see a strip club, high end of course. Plenty of parking, out of the mainstream, creating good paying jobs, more revenue for the city, with electronic gambling machines. WIN/WIN for everyone, right? Pay attention city council...
Alex Vandehoff February 16, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Years later and people still don't understand what's happening. Let me summarize: * The Sloane McDs is CLOSING. Lakewood is NOT adding a McDs, one is moving. * No one else wanted to buy the box of bricks that is the Detroit theater (including the outraged Woodward residents) The 'Not in My Backyard' attitude in Lakewood is hilarious sometimes. I've never heard a peep about the McD's on Sloane causing problems for the residents that the Woodward folks are claiming will occur. I guess since it was out of the way and easily ignored, it just wasn't an issue for anyone. I walk by dog past the Sloane McDs very frequently, and we've yet to be struck by a crazed motorist having a Big Mac Attack. Mister Crevice, can you name all the national chain restaurants in Lakewood that aren't fast food? Last time I checked, Peppers, Beer Engine, Deagans, Melt, Two Dads Diner, Harry Buffalo, Around the Corner, Georgetown, Jammy Buggars, Barocco Grill, Angelo's, El Tango Taqueria, Pacer's, Winking Lizard, and 56 West were all Lakewood or Northeast Ohio based. I suggest you get out of your basement and visit these outstanding eateries, and quit whining about something you clearly have zero knowledge of. And to clarify - I REALLY wish something besides McD's was going in at the Detroit space. Yet they are the ones that bought it, legally, and it is a location that is zoned, legally, for them to operate. Don't like it? Don't go.
Phil McCrevis February 16, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Alex you are clearly in the miniority on this issue. Take off your rose colored glasses and start looking at the big picture. You can't compare the McDonalds that you walk your wife passed to the one at the proposed site @ the Detroit Theatre. Detroit is a major street, not comparible to Sloan. Sloan has a fraction of the vehicle/pedestrian traffic compared to Detroit. Keep your head buried in the sand, the rest of us will deal with this issue.
Alex Vandehoff February 16, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Filled Crevice - you're the one who lamented all the chain restaurants in our awesome city, yet you've failed to name one. Personal attacks won't get you anywhere pal. But thanks for the chuckle. Since you're 'dealing with the issue' what exactly will you be doing? I'm curious, because as I stated I don't want a McD's there either. But I don't have the money to buy the property from them, and I'm not inclined to criminal activity. I'll probably purchase food there as often as I do from the one on Sloane - about once a year. So let me know what you'll be doing to 'deal with it' so I can help out.
Phil McCrevis February 16, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Wow Alex, if that's not the pot calling the kettle black! Why don't you scroll up to your first post and tell me when the personal attacks started. A chain restaurant is a chain restaurant, regardless if its fast food or family style. It's both poison to the communty and to your health. We can do better then that. We need to do better then that.
Alex Vandehoff February 16, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Still not answering my question. I forgot Players, Pier W, the Rush Inn, Aladdin's, and the West End. You act like you have all the answers, but you're keeping them a secret.... And I called you Mister the first time. I was a clever junior high student once too. I suppose you are friends with Phil McCracken too.
Steve February 16, 2012 at 09:13 PM
@Alex, Phil. Having lived here 60 years and counting, I have seen all the changes, both good and bad. We really have no control over this city except for our 45/150 ft. lots, and even that is not a given. Maybe we need to look closer at our leadership and vote accordingly, not haphazardly. We The People, much stronger together. We ARE the ones that need to take back Lakewood. Now I'am hungry, going out for a bite, with my grill, in my backyard. Steaks are on me!!!
Kimberly February 17, 2012 at 02:21 AM
As sad as this sounds there is nothing we can do about the situation. The citizens have spoken and Government has once again stick their fingers in their ears and said, "LALALALALA". City council has ignored the voice of the ones who vote for them. I too will miss the small-town Lakewood that I have lived in for 30 years. But a simple solution might be to just ignore Mc Gross. Don't go there. Do Not buy any "food" there. No business and they might move away. And then we can tear down the place. It's not like it 's a historic building or anything.
Tim Torrence February 18, 2012 at 07:51 AM
Kimberly, you are mistaken. The citizens spoke long before the decision to close the Detroit Theater was made. The citizens spoke loud and clear when they stayed away in droves. A dozen protesters and a few posts on the internet do not make a majority. I for one will be there on opening day, I love their chicken bacon ranch salads, I just hope they can keep them in stock.
James Thomas March 24, 2012 at 05:20 PM
What does this say about today's "Theatre"? Dead Cow on bun has more draw.
Lakewood Citizen since 1978 May 01, 2012 at 03:13 PM
actually we don't even have control over our yards. The city recently called my sweet little 3 ft pond with a fountain, lined with beach rock and surrounded by flowers a TRIPPING HAZARD!!! Really? So now they can come in my back yard and tell "me" home owner since 1986 whose house has been in the newspapers for its gardens how i can use my OWN yard? Lakewood is far too micromanaged and I am sorry that to see the Detroit Theatre become a McGross also.
sjz75 May 03, 2012 at 04:52 PM
@Alex Vandehoff: The Sloane McD's IS "out of the way", in comparison to the Detroit theater site. The Sloane location has been there for a long, long time; it's not replacing a beloved Lakewood icon (yeah, nobody on Woodward had the money to buy it - that really does make them a bunch of losers! Good observation there, sir.) It sounds like you live relatively close to Sloane. Congratulations on that. I live on Edwards, a street which is just a couple of blocks away from the Detroit Theater. You may have heard rumors of a Taco Bell being built at the top of my street. The idea makes me sick; I've lived here for over 30 years and have watched the area become more and more of a business district every year. You're right, I guess that makes me a basement dwelling whiner... damn, you are right on point! Here's a hypothetical for you: a Rally's is being built 200 yards away from your house. Does it not bother you at all, because you know there are many independent eateries in town?

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