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Design, Sign Plans for New Dollar General OK’d

Plans are moving forward for a new Dollar General store in the space vacated by CVS Pharmacy on Detroit Avenue.

with the new tenant, but Dollar General’s design plans were approved for the Detroit Avenue building that .

The city’s architectural board of review gave the go-ahead for the proposal after requesting a few changes at last month’s meeting.

William Trahan, the building contractor for Dollar General, said the among the upgrades are a new façade, new front and rear doors, a new parking lot, tuck pointing and new lighting.

“I am going to present two pictures, and you get to select A or B,” he told the board.

Board chairman Michael Molinski responded “what if I like C?”

The board ultimately agreed on a plan — with conditional approval on exterior issues such as paneling and materials.

The proposal for the store’s sign — also a point of contention — was also approved. The sign on Detroit Avenue will be white (not yellow like typical Dollar General stores), and the sign at the rear will not be illuminated.

Ian Andrews, the executive director of , said among his economic development organization’s functions is to “revitalize the downtown-shopping district.”

He said he’s “pleased to hear” that the building will get a makeover, but said he was “unimpressed” with parts of the plan. 

“This isn’t the kind of development (we’d like to see downtown), but we understand that that point is moot,” said Andrews. “This is a private transaction.”

Tom Bullock, the Ward 2 city councilman, said after the meeting that the board’s decision was “mystifying.”

“I don’t see too many changes from what they originally proposed,” he said. “I, like many residents, have been heartened by the development downtown … Our job as city leaders is to protect the investments that are already in place.”

“I have concerns with this plan. We’re putting ourselves on a footing where we’re not conforming to the highest standards.”

Bruce Schultz, who recently bought the plaza, attended the meeting and noted that he plans to “make several improvements” to the property.

“We’re in this for the long-term investment,” he said.

“We’re excited about coming to Lakewood,” he added following the meeting. “We’re hopeful that Lakewood is excited to have us. We’re excited to have a tenant like Dollar General. They’re a great tenant and a great retailer.”

Missy Limkemann July 15, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Dollar General is NOT a dollar store (where everything is only a dollar).
Mark Buckley July 19, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Mr. King, Just a point of fact, Peter is correct it was the Planning Commision not the ARB who stopped DM 's encroachment onto Grace. and I couldn't help noticing that you started this thread with a Drug Mart reference . So who's still sensitive about the subject/
ian king July 19, 2012 at 03:19 AM
HI Mark = thanks for noticing my comment about comparision of the Drug Mart fiasco and the Dollar General development plans. It just seems odd to a lot of Lakewood residents who don't live on Grace Ave/area why there is such strong opposition to a brand new building Drug Mart that is certainly not unattractive and adds great streetscape value, to the rundown and clearly seen better days former CVS storefront on Detroit. Just wondering where all the "sensitive" voices are that protested new development in Lakewood - that is really just another NIMBY approach to urban planning disguised within city code violations - regarding the proposed Dollar General whose storefront leave a lot to be desired. And whose mini-block of Subway, etc. has clearly seen better days. Mark, why not also protest these relatively eyesore also?
Mark Buckley July 19, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Ian, Are you the spokeperson for " the lot of Lakewood residents that don't live on Grace"? I'm assuming that you are purposely ignoring the reason why Drug Mart's encroachment onto Grace was oppposed since it's been stated numerous times in various Patch discussions. Finally you're really over playing the " sensitive voices" bit. Not to mention the knee-jerk NIMBY standby. Have a great day.
ian king July 19, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Hi Mark, Unfortunately actions speak loader than words! If a poll were taken of Lakewood residents, those of us who do not live on Detroit/Grace area would certainly approve a new Drug Mart and would think the city officials would encourage more business in population declining Lakewood than scare it away! I guess I will just have to send my ever increasing tax bill to you Mark, since you seem to support no business development in Lakewood, and yes, not in your back yard! Again, the facts speak for themselves - another business leaves Lakewood for another suburb. Sad in these really difficult economic times, and when the city will soon be asking us all to pay more in taxes!

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