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New Get Go Gas Station Sparks Concern in the Neighborhood

A couple fliers circulating in the neighborhood of the proposed new Get Go gas station at the southwest corner of Bunts Road and Detroit Avenue. Public meeting set for Wednesday.

There are a couple pieces of literature circulating around the neighborhood of the at the southwest corner of Bunts Road and Detroit Avenue.

The first — stuck to doors and left on porches — cautions residents about the possible negative effects of a gas station. The flier warns falling property values, pollution, increased traffic and undesirable consequences on local business.

This comes after ’s proposal earlier this month to build a 5,600-square-foot brick building, with multiple gas pumps, at the property that it once owned.

The city responded with a letter of its own — and an invitation to discuss the issue further, at a meeting set to take place at at 6 p.m. March 28. 

Penned by Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development, and Ward 3 councilman Shawn Juris, the city’s flier explains that the the city and the Pittsburgh-based grocer had “preliminary discussions” regarding the proposal.

At the city’s architectural board of review meeting, board members asked about the proximity of the proposed gas station to neighboring homes. Giant Eagle officials said that the existing board-on-board fencing dividing the properties would remain as a “buffer” between the residential neighborhood to the south. 

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 GetGo 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.

Lakewood Resident March 30, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I think the drawings were well designed. Progress. I am a home owner in Lakewood and when buying here I understood that Lakewood unlike other suburbs has the majority of its residential streets intersecting with high traffic, high business arteries. Arteries that require infrastructure. Roll the dice, you are going to have something you don't like at the top of your street. I'll trade you the 10 empty store fronts and dilapidated apartments at the end of my street for your brand new gas station that looks more like a high-end retail store. I applaud the city for making these businesses go above and beyond with their architectural design. I once thought what a shame for a church to be tore down for a CVS pharmacy... Now I look at how smart and well developed the new building looks and how it makes "downtown" all the more better. Someone have a grand business idea to fill that over-sized vacant property? By all means speak up...b/c if not bring in the bulldozers and lets keep adding new investment to our city.
Renee March 30, 2012 at 03:48 PM
we are speaking up but we aren't being heard (let me clarify - we are being heard but no one is doing anything about it) and we weren't given the opportunity to speak up before they already made the decision to lower our property value. I mean long term property value because yes a vacant property lowers it and developing it raises the value but developing it with a gas station over the long term lowers it because people don't want to live near a gas station. You cannot compare a gas station with places like CVS, Walgreens, etc. I would love for one of those places to have been chosen for this spot but you know the real reason Giant Eagle wants it so bad is to make sure they have no future competition -- ever which also means they don't need to be as competitive with their pricing and the fuel perks will just be made up through the grocery side of it anyway. Many residents have no choice but to shop there. Had the city held resident focus groups to hear ideas and pursue those maybe there would not be this mess every time there is potential development. I would like to point out too that these "citizen led boards" who are making these decisions are not personally affected. I bet they would not let a gas station be developed next door to them. The Mayor is a President of a Rubber Company (according to the bio on the city website) so, of course, he is not worried about the potential hazards of living near a gas station but I bet he doesn't live next door to one.
Brandon Scullion April 06, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Matt, I appreciate your position on the gas station but is it really necessary to attack everybody who has an opinion that is contrary to yours?
Brandon Scullion April 06, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Also, I got to read through the rest of the posts and have to say that after the initial outrage that you expressed, you have made some great points. Personally, a gas station is the last thing I would want there but at the same time, I am accepting of it - and no, I don't live on either of those streets. I am on Cedarwood.
ella April 23, 2012 at 07:57 PM
What is the benefit to the city bottom line from this type of development ? This will not create a new gas buying consumer, but it only will make people who buy at other gas station come to this one to what is in their mind savings...the smaller gas stations will loose customer ( that's the free market economy for you ) and then city will face multiple brownfield and empty lots from gas stations that will close - what a great development is this gonna be for the city ...? but who cares we'll have newer gas station where a wait time might be shorter at first... but with the same logic we should build a bigger store that has double the number of registers since that wait time to pay for grocery is too long, in a nutshell we are screwed by fuel / food perk minded people who do not see past their own backyards -

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