Get Go Gas Station Plans Prompt Questions, Concerns

About 50 people attend a forum at Lakewood City Hall to discuss the proposal at the southwest corner of Bunts Road and Detroit Avenue.

Dozens of residents filled up the auditorium at on Wednesday to discuss the at the southwest corner of Bunts Road and Detroit Avenue. 

The plan, recently presented to city officials by , includes a 16-pump gas station and convenient store on the property that the Pittsburgh-based grocer once owned.

Many in the crowd came out Wednesday night to express concerns about the proposal.

Specifically, they shared concerns over traffic, pollution and lights from the building. 

Al Bednarski, who’s lived on Parkhaven Row for more than 30 years, is skeptical of the project.

“I don’t like it,” he said. “Who wants a gas station 100 feet from their house? I don’t.”

Some other residents attended out of curiosity, while others support the proposal.

Larry White, a nearby resident, said he welcomes the new development. 

“Right now, it’s an asphalt parking lot with an abandoned building,” he said. “The first thing I notice (in the plans) is green space. Yeah, there’s some traffic, but when there was a grocery store there was a lot of traffic.”

Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development hosted Wednesday’s forum, along with Ward 3 councilman Shawn Juris.

Siley encouraged the crowd to participate in the public process, including providing feedback to the city’s architectural board of review.

“We’re going to make sure you have very good information,” Siley told the crowd. “You might not like the answers. You might not like what we’re telling you, but we’re going to make sure that you’re thoroughly informed.”

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 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 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.

“We’d like to get the details and get going,” Pat Avolio, the director of real estate development for Giant Eagle, told Lakewood Patch earlier this month.

Avolio, who directed questions to the company’s public relations department in Pittsburgh, said the existing Get Go property at the intersection of Manor Park and Detroit avenues would likely be sold.

The original Bill March 29, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Seems to me like it will be quite an improvement over what is there right now. Plus there will be plenty of natural barriers between it and the houses on Bunts and Parkhaven Row.
Brandon Scullion March 29, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Considering this is the site of a future gas station, I think this is a fantastic design. All of the pumps are on the Bunts Rd. side which faces a former auto shop as well as being as close to the intersection as possible. The property lines that border homes actually look like they will be quite beautiful, even if it is a gas station on the others side. Lots of green space is a huge plus.
Kim Acosta March 29, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Good idea... especially if you have ever tried to get in and out of the current Get-Go
Angie March 29, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Yes thats what I was going to say! The current Get Go is so crowded and very difficult to get in and out of. I'm totally for a new one.
Michael Rice March 29, 2012 at 07:42 PM
You either like it or you don't, but either way they are putting the gas station there. The city might like to hold meetings to keep you informed and provide information, but I think they do very little listening to what residents really want. Its similar to the McDonalds that they will build on Detroit between Woodward and Wager. It's coming whether we want it or not. For the record, I am pro new development and updating existing property in this great city, but I also believe resident input is critical. In my opinion these meetings are nothing more than a dog and pony show.
Michael Rice March 29, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Not only is it difficult to get in and out, but it can also be very dangerous especially with how close the side walks are to the traffic in and out of the driveways.
Renee March 30, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I'd like to thank Dru Siley for keeping us "thoroughly informed." Boy that means alot, thank you! And, can you please "thoroughly inform" us on how this affects our property value having a gas station next door? I am for the development of that property but not with something that will decrease the property value and why weren't we thoroughly informed in the beginning stages of this so-called "solid" plan so that we could express our concerns before? You know, the City requires residents who want to make renovations to their private properties such as an oversized garage to get permission from their neighbors before they will approve it. Why is this not the case with this gas station - a structure which will decrease our property value? Let me be clear. My problem is the gas station that will decrease the property value not the development of that area. Why can't the pumps go at the end of the GE parking lot like the one in Rocky River?
Alex Vandehoff March 30, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Do everyone a favor and look up the definition of 'zoning' and what that has to do with regulations on parcels of land in a city. How much will property values drop? Is there a study available that we should take into consideration?
Renee March 30, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Do everyone a favor? Really? I understand the definition of zoning. It has been explained extensively. Yes, I plan on presenting an appraisal for review. Regardless of zoning, I believe my claims have merit because I cannot believe there are no legal protections in place to prevent an entity regardless of it being a private person/party/organization from adversely affecting someone else's use of their own property. I have rights also. I have the right to be concerned about the value of my property. What is being proposed is essentially stealing in my view because this "private transaction" is taking away the value of my property without my consent. That is theft as far as I am concerned. May I ask what your role is in this being that you seem to insinuate you are taking something into consideration? Are you a decision-maker in all this? I would like to know who I am addressing.
Mr. F. W. Sanderman March 30, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Don't let Alex ruffle your feathers, Renee, he often trolls the patch and slings insults and of color remarks. You are correct as far as the plummeting home values Get Go will create. Believe me, if the gas station was going in close to where Alex lives, he'd be singing a totally different tune.
The original Bill March 30, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Can you prove your homes value will drop? Can you steer us to a similar situation where a GetGo like this was built and show us how the adjoining properties dropped in value? I will stand by and await your follow up Renee.
Renee March 30, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Bill, yes, I will gladly!
Marisa March 31, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Bill..... How could anyone want to live next to a gas station which could potentially pollute their own land? Gas station pumps occasionally leak. Rain falls from the sky and washes the leakage onto neighboring lots. The leakage spreads to neighboring lots. Why do you think if is so hard to sell and develop an abandoned gas station? Because the soil is contaminated. This will bring down neighboring property values. I feel bad for the neighbors of the new development. What will happen to the current get-go? Abandoned for years or decades to come? I'm surprised at the commercial developments along Detroit avenue over the past year. Lakewood says that "we are green" but the recent developments seem not so green. Including over processed bad tasting fast food retail. I think new leadership is a must in order to continue to grow Lakewood into the "green" city that we should become. These recent developments seem "black" like pollution (and our sewer system) instead of green. We won't be able to hold a "green" status for much longer at this rate we are going and developing. We all understand thd city needs to generate revenue? But at what cost is this to the current residents?
Hol April 10, 2012 at 08:34 PM
As a resident of Parkhaven, I completely agree with you Renee. There are also two vacant homes that are part of this parcel. What is happening with them? Because at the moment...they are zoned residential and in need of work. Trees are overgrown, debris is all over and both houses need work. The City doesn't appear to be doing anything about that. Even though I have asked Dru about it several times last year. All I got was the owner cutting the lawn...sometimes. Are these houses part of this project or will they continue to be an eyesore and remain so obviously vacant and neglected? Where is our city councilman Shawn Juris? What has he done to find out what the residents of his area want?
ella April 23, 2012 at 04:28 PM
From what I understand Detroit Rd is zoned as a commercial corridor, but looking at the Gas station development plan it looks like the pumps are going to be placed along the Bunts Rd which is not a commercial corridor (?) ... Why not place the gas pumps along Detroit Rd, so those face the main street and the buildings on the far back end of that property? Seems like Architectural Boards are tough on residents but when it comes to Giant corporations anything goes... Let's not pretend that we are building a park here, where is the leadership and what about the spirit of walkable community? The best place suburb to live in - I doubt it... bring on section 8 along, and a few more dollar stores to top it off!


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