Plans For the New CVS in Lakewood Moving Forward

Demolition of the church, and construction of the pharmacy, could be under way by the fall.

Plans to build a CVS on the site of the abandoned St. Paul Lutheran Church on Detroit Avenue are moving forward.

Demolition of the church — and construction of the pharmacy — could begin as early as August.

The multi-million-dollar project received the green light earlier this year from the city’s planning commission and the Architectural Board of Review.

The only hurdle left for developers is next week's inspection of the plans by the city’s building and fire departments.

Developers have been working with the city since January to make sure that the design of the building fits the architectural style of the area.

“This is going to be turned into a tax producing property — both income and property taxes, and I think the design is going to be a benefit to the community,” said Dru Siley, the city’s assistant director of planning and development.

Plans call for the 14,000-square-foot, red brick structure to be built near the street (catering to the city’s walkability); a parking lot that’s in the rear of the building; and large windows facing Detroit Avenue.

The property — from 15501 to 15523 Detroit Avenue — would extend from Lakeland to Arthur avenues. The building adjacent to the church, which houses , would also be demolished.

City officials have said it’s been difficult to find a reuse for the 107-year-old church — which has sat vacant for the past several years.

The holds the right of salvage, meaning the stained glass windows, pews and lights will all be saved. 

The store is expected to open by April 2012.

Siley said he doesn’t know what will become of the space at 15311 Detroit Avenue .

“I don’t think it will stay empty too long,” he said.


UNhappy May 25, 2011 at 03:41 PM
CVS sucks and why the city of Lakewood would go with such a loser company shows how "up to date" current administration is to the actual fabric of real life. So let's put in another big box store where 15 people will shop, take away small businesses, space for kids, and drive Drug Mart and Rite Aid just within a block away out of business. What were they thinking, oh that's right, somebody's pocket OBVIOUSLY was lined with money. Hmmmm. Mayor Summers??
MrTwotimes May 25, 2011 at 04:15 PM
I agree somewhat with your statement. However, many times do you think the majority of people are actually visiting the smaller stores.... they often don't have the items you are looking for and then the money goes out of the city to those places who have stores with a variety.
Bryan May 29, 2011 at 12:51 PM
The CVS already exists in that area, it's just moving. So if you're thinking it will cause either Rite Aid or DrugMart to close, it would have already happened decades ago. And besides a closed church, exactly what small businesses are we going to lose on that block? I can't even name one and I grew up on Arthur! It sucks having the church torn down, but between having an abandoned building vs new development, I'd probably have to learn towards the new development, especially when the church has sat empty for quite some time now...obviously no one is interested in the property as-is. You also seem to forget that the city does not choose who buy property.


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