Since the new Discount Drug Mart was first proposed at the
corner of Grace and Detroit avenues, neighbors
have had some concerns.
In the beginning, there were issues with the size and scope of the project. Then, concerns over truck traffic during construction.
There were also issues with the white house next door that the regional drug store chain bought and promised to fix up.
Now that the store’s open, residents have shared concerns with the increased traffic on the residential street, intrusive lighting and “commercial encroachment” onto the residential portion of the street.
That’s not to mention the nearby new Family Dollar.
On Tuesday, city council president Brian Powers introduced a measure urging council members to discuss the issues facing Grace Avenue residents.
“Grace Avenue is one of our most picturesque streets, populated in large part by involved citizens living in well-maintained century homes,” he said. “The ongoing economic redevelopment of Lakewood has resulted in two retail establishments anchoring the Detroit Avenue end of this beautiful street.”
“A group of residents have expressed concern that these establishments may adversely and permanently alter the character and livability of Grace Avenue.”
Council is slated to continue the discussion at an upcoming committee of the whole meeting.