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POLL: What’s Next for Discount Drug Mart?

The local drug store chain puts its design plans on hold while the city waits to see if a new proposal will be submitted.

It’s not yet known whether will move forward with a plan for its new location after the .

The local pharmacy chain — looking to at the site of the — has withdrawn its design proposal at the upcoming architectural board of review meeting on Thursday.

officials have told city leaders that they’ll need to examine their next move.

“They have to decide whether they’re going to pull out or come back with an amended (proposal,” said Ward 4 councilwoman Mary Louise Madigan. “I really hope they come back. Maybe they’ll build smaller, I don’t know.”

The Lakewood Planning Commission denied a few of the local pharmacy’s requests at its meeting last Thursday. 

The commission approved the lots consolidation at the site of the former Ganley Auto dealership, but denied other requests including a lot-split at the home on 1425 Grace Avenue (seeking 13.5 feet for parking).

The commission also turned down a request, that if OK'd, would have demolished an 11-unit apartment building to make way for an accessory parking lot.

The issue of a conditional use of a drive-thru at the proposed drug store was tabled.

“The planning commission did a good job talking through some very complicated issues,” Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development, said last week. “We’ll see where it goes from here.”

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

Initial plans called for a red brick structure, 92 parking spaces and a drive-thru.

Those plans will need to be altered now if Discount Drug Mart looks to proceed.

Siley said he believes the drug store chain will make readjustments.

“They are pretty invested in the property,” he said.

Michael Ciccarello July 09, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Having a Discount Drug Mart at the vacant and blighted Ganley auto dealer site is not my first choice, but much better than what currently exists. Absolutely, the existing commercial footprint is all that is needed to develop a viable Drug Mart having adequate parking and goods that could be supported by the immediate area.
Christina Cocchiarale Ward July 09, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I think Drug Mart should stay where they are. Maybe remodel it and some of the workers. Seriously, remodel then put something else at the proposed new spot. I do NOT want a Value World at the old spot. No thank you.
Robert Mihaly July 09, 2012 at 04:32 PM
The current Discount Drug Mart store in the east end looks worn out, and parking is minimal. Although moving will leave that storefront vacant, a new purpose-built store should better serve the residents of Lakewood and western Cleveland neighborhoods. The biggest problem is all the empty storefronts, and I have to wonder if Lakewood's policies toward businesses are reflected in the high vacancy rate. For example, years ago, Lakewood passed legislation to allow operation of a Bed & Breakfast, but, to my knowledge, none ever opened, because the regulations were so restrictive, limiting them to commercial districts on major streets. Immediately, you then lose the quaint qualities that attract guests. In other places where you find Bed & Breakfasts, the major streets are tree-lined and quaint, and, bluntly, only Clifton and Lake fit that description. Probably the restrictions were too great. We need to get these types of decisions right the first time. Maybe this is what's happening with Drug Mart. One thing is for sure in a community whose taxes are mostly paid by homeowners. Since we have minimal room for manufacturing, we need viable retail to ease the crush of high property tax rates. Last time I looked, Lakewood was among the top 3 for high property taxes, and it's unsustainable for seniors or young families.
Bob Beck July 09, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Offering a choice in your poll of "absolutely no Drug Mart in that location," is a wasted vote. That is a choice property and location, zoned commercial by the City of Lakewood; and Discount Drug Mart is a proven good business citizen and an employer...one that provides convenience for us--we don't have to drive to River or Great Northern for many basic retail goods and services and DDM provides competition for Marc's and Giant Eagle, helping keep prices down to a dull roar. Discount Drug Mart shoulders an inordinate share of the local tax burden as a commercial enterprise, that would otherwise fall on the rest of us. So to suggest that they just abandon this project and go away is irresponsible and unacceptable. Those are the prime reasons for encouraging development of that site for Drug Mart. And Drug Mart leaves behind a high quality newer structure for immediate development and occupancy. If that is all we're left with because they abandon development of a new second site, that would send a message out to the business community that we don't need them...what a disaster! I'm hopefully confident the City and DDM will work together to make this proposed project happen. Bob Beck
Christina Cocchiarale Ward July 09, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Um, I have noticed that Drug Mart's prices aren't necessarily the cheapest like they always advertise. I watch out for sales; been doing that for many years. Drug Mart, although is at the end of my street, is not my first choice for shopping that's for sure.
lakerockbay July 09, 2012 at 09:00 PM
My concern is that DDM is also looking to see what happens at the W116 old Rego store?Let them build it before we lose it all together!
Chris Olsen July 10, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Look, I am not an expert in politics or knowing everything about the legislative process but I do know that if people are thinking that THEY get to pick and choose which business should be allowed to go where then we are sending a very bad message to those businesses. This is not the economy for us to be so darned uppity on this. We are scaring commerce away from Lakewood. Go ahead and enjoy the empty car lot folks, get your brooms and dustpans ready to start cleaning up broken glass when kids start throwing rocks for target practice at the windows of that car lot. Right now, I wouldn't care if another drugstore or pizza shoppe goes in the spit. At least it is a revenue building and tax paying entity. Get over yourselves already
Chris Olsen July 10, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Look, I am not an expert in politics or knowing everything about the legislative process but I do know that if people are thinking that THEY get to pick and choose which business should be allowed to go where then we are sending a very bad message to those businesses. This is not the economy for us to be so darned uppity on this. We are scaring commerce away from Lakewood. Go ahead and enjoy the empty car lot folks, get your brooms and dustpans ready to start cleaning up broken glass when kids start throwing rocks for target practice at the windows of that car lot. Right now, I wouldn't care if another drugstore or pizza shoppe goes in the spot. . At least it is a revenue building and tax paying entity. Get over yourselves already
Christina Cocchiarale Ward July 10, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Get over ourselves? Just stating what I wouldn't like to see there as I have the right to do so. Downtown Lakewood has some nice places. Why not something like Chipotle or a fancy restaurant on THIS side of town. Wow. I care. If you don't, well then, that's YOUR opinion but I've talked with many others and they feel the same as I do.
lakerockbay July 11, 2012 at 01:01 AM
We lost Marias Roman Room,lost Applebees.A micro brewery would be awesome for that part of town,giving Brothers lounge compition!But to lose DDM to Clevelands W116 old Rego location and getting a resale clothing store Value World is not progress at all!
Another Concerned Resident July 15, 2012 at 04:12 AM
You don't get it! Drug Mart OWNS the property now & they paid a whole lot more money than you'll ever see for that property. They are not about to put in a "Chipotle's" or "A Fancy Restaurant" on their dime. If you need to eat a pound of rice at one time then haul your butt up to Warren Plaza. There are way too many restaurants & bars in Lakewood already.
Christina Cocchiarale Ward July 15, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Drug Mart is SELLING their current location. It's anyone's buy. If the whole new Drug Mart goes through then the old one is for Sale. I know this as I've spoken to council members about it. If Value World or a restaurant wants to buy it then they can. And Applebee's wasn't happening 3 years ago but more recently in the past month there's been talk about them coming in again. Another Concerned Resident, what would YOU suggest around here then? Also, on a brighter note, there's a juice bar & cafe opening up over here soon!!!! I can't wait!

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