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Drug Mart Appeals Planning Commission Decision

Drug store chain presents new plans to the city.

is coming back to the Lakewood Planning Commission on Aug. 2 with revised plans after being .

The appeal also requests that the commission review news plans submitted to the city.

The drug store chain still seeks to demolish the apartment building that it owns adjacent to the property, but the space wouldn’t be used for parking, according to the revised proposal.

The new plan is scaled down to 72 parking spaces — down from 94 originally proposed. 

In addition, Drug Mart is no longer asking to take the 13.5 feet from the neighboring home at 1425 Grace Avenue, but the company would still like to take a portion of the northwest corner of that property. 

The plan also includes a 15-feet-wide sidewalk along Cohasset Avenue. The original plans call for a sidewalk that was only 10 feet wide.

“They’ve made a number of revisions over the past three months,” said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development. “Some of those changes are a direct result of comments and concerns from the neighbors. And I think the project has gotten better over time because of their input.”

 — with its — has plans to move its eastern Lakewood location to the corner of Cohassett and Detroit avenues.

According to the rules of the planning commission, a business has 10 days to appeal a decision. Siley said Discount Drug Mart submitted its appeal July 13.

The planning commission will first to decide whether there’s enough new information to consider an appeal before taking any action on the new plans, Siley added.

The original Bill July 23, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Sounds to me like it is a workable revision
Hoyte King July 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I am all for tearing down good multi-use buildings built with materials that are irreplacable. It will be a great improvement to have a one use building with a great deal of parking around it that is one story. It feels so uncomforatable to walk by multi-story buildings on a street with mixed use buildings and people walking and bicycling. I had thought it would be better to live in someplace like Solon. What a relief that the people of Lakewood have it together. Tearing down multi-use buildings for more parking and new, poorly constructed one-use buildings will be a fine inprovement for all of us who need to stop this silly walking and start driving our cars everywhere. I just wish we could rezone Lakewood to completely isolate commercial from residential. Then put up walls around the retail to prevent people from walking to it like most sprawl areas. Cudos to all Lakewoodites for tearing down that garbage multi-use stuff so we can enter the 20th century!! (oh wait, this is the 21st century; never mind).
M-F Schreiber July 24, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Round 3...are you up for the challenge of appeals?
ian king July 24, 2012 at 07:43 PM
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE resident of Grace/Detroit, show some compassion for DrugMart and all the other businesses who would have enjoyed being a high tax-paying corporate citizen of Lakewood, but because of endless debates and challenges for minor issues, have moved onto Westlake, Fairlawn, heck, even Brooklyn Center! And planning commission, please enter the 21st century world of Lakewood, where the old days of good incomes for its citizens is vanishing, and where pride of home ownership/upkeep is clearly on the declines, and where no vacancy apartment buildings are now begging for anyone to rent! Times have changed and usually not for the better - at least economically for Lakewood. So, DrugMart has tried to accommodate the hood activists of Grace Ave. area. Can you activists now compromise for the sake of the rest of us citizens of Lakewood who want DrugMart to build a beautiful new building and pay taxes? And pleeeassse, one less apartment building is probably a long term blessing for Lakewood. There are dozens of apt. buildings all over town begging for new tenants. Not a logical reason to veto DrugMart development plans! Lets hope wiser heads than local activists now prevail for planning the long term future of Detroit Ave. commercial development and growth for Lakewood. Keep DrugMart on the path to building new!
ian king July 24, 2012 at 07:45 PM
You got my vote Bill. It would be workable anywhere else, except in Lakewood, where a few loud neighborhood activists can derail economic potential for the rest of us who live and pay high taxes in Lakewood. Lets hope wiser heads prevail this time and approve these plans so we can start to see some tax revenue from this new building of DrugMart by the end of this year.
ian king July 24, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Yeh, keep on challenging ANY revisions in the hopes of completely closing down this development. The loud activists from Grave Ave. and say they are not about NIMBY, but any objective observer/outsider would clearly only see that is totally about NIMBY. Lets hope the planning commission can wise up and see what these activists are really all about - their hood home resale values - and how they will once again challenge ANY appeal by DrugMart. It should be obvious by now that their message/complaints are not anywhere close to being concerned about so called "smart" growth on Detroit. It is all about their own economic equity and supporting NIMBY --- at the economic expense for the rest of us tax paying residents of Lakewood.
Onitme July 25, 2012 at 03:14 PM
DDM needs to work at cleaning up their store ,the ones on Detroit have been poorly run and dirty. I understand that they will pay taxes and help the city but right now they are eyesores. I take care of my property and do should they.
The original Bill July 25, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Ian I was against this at first when it involved also tearing down the house next to the apartment building. Too much neighborhood encroachment for my tastes. Now the house is staying and will have new owners who will be buying a house right next door to the development as opposed to the homeowners in the next house who originally would have had their house right next door to it. Now they will still have a one house buffer between them and the new Drug Mart.
ian king July 25, 2012 at 06:19 PM
good point! i thought that part of the 3 million rehab on detroit was to update that outdated and i agree, dirty floors, bad lighting, etc. drug mart store - a dump basically. now i wonder if they are going to do any remodeling at all at the detroit location. where is the city inspector? and what happened to marc's? they took over joann fabrics and left the rest of the store as it was: outdated lighting, dirty old floors, again, generally a dump/rundown looking place. what is up with the city and its inspectors? how can these filthy stores be allowed to operate, especially when the city is now going after home owners and grading their property for upkeep issues. where are the grades for these slum lord businesses like marc's in downtown lakewood, and drug mart on detroit?
M-F Schreiber July 25, 2012 at 11:48 PM
DDM has two stores in Lakewood. One in the downtown plaza under renovation and another on east side by Newman. The Newman location will close and is slated to be a Value World. Their new eastside location will be located on Grace/Detroit/Cohassett should the Planning Commission/ARB approve their 3rd set of plans. Let's hope they clean up their act once renovated store downtown opens in August. As for Marc's, maybe you should drop Dru Siley a note about your concerns or Director of Lakewood Alive. Maybe he/they can pressure Marc's to do some upgrades.
Onitme July 26, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Please let keep businesses on the east side where I am a resident. I'm all for new businesses that generate taxes but at the same time don't rubber stamp every building that wants to get built. Hold DDM accountable .
ian king July 26, 2012 at 06:13 AM
hi onitme - totally agree, but in these horrific economic times and with lakewood losing population each year, options are very very limited for being selective about businesses that actually want to be located anywhere in lakewood. there are soooo many empty lots, storefront, all over lakewood, but particularly here on the east side. and it seems the only businesses that want to come into lakewood on this side of town are drug stores and dollar stores. i wish our city leaders/council members would find a grocery store chain that would better serve lakewood than the awful giant eagle/ego. giant ego on detroit is poorly managed, dirty aisles and shelves, run down looking interior, and a lot of their staff are just plain rude most of the time. giant ego has a grocery store monopoly in a city of over 50,000 (one can't really count sapell bi-rite - i mean, mostly alcoholics in there, prices are not cheap, produce in plastic wrap is far from fresh, and again it looks like nothing has been upgraded/rehabbed since the 1950s.!) why can cleveland heights have great grocery stores yet lakewood can't? certainly lakewood leadership knows that a key to attracting new home owners to town is a nice grocery store - why do we have to trek out to heinen's to get quality and cleanliness?

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