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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.

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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