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New Design Plans for New Drug Mart Approved

Demolition of the existing Ganley structure and an adjacent apartment building expected to begin by the end of the month.

There have been more than 40 design modifications to the proposed new at the site of the former Ganley Auto Dealership on Detroit Avenue.

On Thursday, after months of back-and-forth, the city’s architectural board of review gave its stamp of approval on the final proposal.

Demolition of the existing Ganley structure and an adjacent apartment building is expected to begin by the end of the month.

Construction of the new $5 million Drug Mart would begin shortly afterward.

Among the recommendations by the architectural board of review, the company included 200 plants into the landscaping plans; changed the flow of the truck traffic; and added different types of windows.

Also, the proposed design for an angled entrance at the corner of Cohassett and Detroit avenues was altered at the board’s suggestion.

Those are just a few of the changes.

“I’ve got a list of 40 items,” said Kurt Schmitz of Lakewood-based . “There were major changes. At the end, I think we got more positive feedback from the residents. I think Lakewood’s raised the bar, and I think this is a reflection of that."

Tim Moran, the construction and development manager for Discount Drug Mart, said he hopes to begin construction as soon as the expected month-long demolition wraps up. 

He hopes to have the store open by May 2013.

“We’re thrilled with the final project and we can’t wait to get started,” said Moran. “I think it’s going to be a great addition to the neighborhood.”

After , new plans for a on Detroit Avenue were OK’d by the last week.

The drug store chain will demolish the apartment building that it owns adjacent to the property, but the space won'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 pulled its request to take the 13.5 feet from the neighboring home at 1425 Grace Avenue, but the company will take a portion of the northwest corner of that property. 

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

“It was a great process with the city,” said Schmitz. “I think the project’s a lot better for it.”

SCOTT N. BIGGS August 10, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I AM SEEKING EMPLOYMENT. PLEASE KEEP ME IN MIND.
SCOTT N. BIGGS August 10, 2012 at 12:27 PM
I have 13 years retail experience with Cook United.
SCOTT N. BIGGS August 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM
I would lick to applie.
ian king August 10, 2012 at 05:40 PM
AMAZING! In this depressed economy Drug Mart should be applauded for continuing trying to meet the needs of its neighbors in over 40 revisions. I doubt if many other corporations would have stayed in town and compromised as much as Drug Mart has done. Lets hope future efforts to attrack more businesses to population declining and income declining Lakewood won't have to go through an ordeal such as this one just to do business in Lakewood and pay taxes!
M-F Schreiber August 10, 2012 at 06:13 PM
The Get Go station on Bunts/Detroit is still going through revisions. And, CVS and McDonald's went through similar revisions. If I'm not mistaken, it took McDonald's a year to get approval to build. Recession/Depression doesn't mean as a community we need to accept a lesser standard in planning, construction and/or landscaping. This is a densely populated city with business very close to residential. Compromise and balance sometimes need to be met. Lakewood isn't the only city in the USA who sets the bar. A lot of businesses face these kinds of challenges everywhere. They either want to build or they don't. And, they open and shutter just as quickly.
xv August 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Wow Ian you talk about this process like you were actually involved. Which for those of us that were involved know you were not. For someone who is always pointing out how horrible things are in Lakewood, perhaps you should take your own advice to others and move out. Or I challenge you to actually get involved, and perhaps something more than a letter to Red Box. I challenged you earlier to get involved with the Drug Mart project, so you would actually know what you write about. Did we see / or hear from you at the Planning Commission meetings or the ARB meetings? NO Easy to sit at you computer and criticize the board who donate there time, and the people who actually got involved.
xv August 10, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Scott they are moving a store, and there will actually be people losing their job.
Linda August 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I just have one question. Are there residents that have been living in the apartment building? If so, why have I heard nothing about them? Is the city helping them to find new housing? Is Drug Mart helping them? Just like the fiasco when the Elbur Avenue apartments were sold, no one cares about the residents. They need to fend for themselves, regardless of their circumstances.
xv August 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM
All of the 11 apartments occupants were evicted even before the project was approved. No assistance was provided by the city or Drug Mart.
The original Bill August 11, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Discount Drug Mart evicted all the tenants after they purchased the building since they knew under existing zoning law commercial encroachment into residential areas is allowed one parcel in. The fact that they wanted to go 2 parcels in is what the whole hullabaloo was about and why they had to seek approval. Had they just taken the apartment and left the house, there was no legal way the city could block the project. According to ward 4 Councilperson Ms Madigan, Drug Mart paid all expenses to relocate the tenants. They are also going to rehab the house they bought at 1425 Grace and sell it.
xv August 11, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Bill Drug Mart did not pay any expenses. As the residents were are neighbors we discussed the eviction with them. You are correct about the apartment building and one property in. But the whole project came down to the additional land needed from the 1425 property.
Alexandra August 11, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Drug Mart DID pay the expenses, I spoke to Mary Louise myself. There WILL be a few more jobs as the store will be larger and have a drive thru. I work there, I live here and I too am a concerned citizen... Please do not make up untruths. If you do not like a company, simply take your business elsewhere. I am frankly sick of people smearing companies due to success or size. Most people are EMPLOYED in this country and not company owners. I am married to a small business owner and I work for a locally owned, successful chain, that as Ian pointed out, went out of it's way and back to the proverbial drawing board, until they came up with a compromise that suited MOST of the people. You cannot make 100% of people happy...someone will ALWAYS bew unhappy not matter what you do.
xv August 11, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Alexandra perhaps you should speak with the evicted residents and your employer, or if you had attended the planning commission meetings you would have heard Ron the building maintenance manager / resident speak. I am a Drug Mart shopper. As far as employees, the security guard will be replaced with 30 plus cameras and as stated by Drug Mart corporate perhaps 3-5 jobs will be added in the future.
Jo Ann August 14, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Past performance indicates future behavior...... look at the other Drug Marts in Lakewoodnn- EYE SORE is a tame discription ! Sadly, Lakewood will have to monitor that hmmmm say 3 for 3 does not happen .

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