Thursday, July 26, 2012
An online listing notes that the sale is a “rare opportunity to acquire a single tenant ground lease” at the location at 16403 Detroit Avenue — the former home of the Detroit Theatre.
The Golden Arches, walls and windows aren’t even up yet, but the location of the new McDonald’s is already for sale. The Zaremba Group — the Lakewood-based company that owns the land — has the property listed on the market for $1.75 million. An online listing notes that the sale is a “rare opportunity to acquire a single tenant ground lease” at the location at 16403 Detroit Avenue — the former home of the Detroit Theatre. McDonald’s does not own the land, but rather has signed a 20-year lease with options for additional years — as many as 30 years. One official said that the deal “doesn’t change anything on the ground,” because the McDonald’s franchisee is still the operator. The new fast-food chain, moving from the Sloane Avenue location…
Friday, December 2, 2011
Drive-thru windows may still be conditionally approved in Lakewood, but it could become a lot more difficult for businesses to get them.
An ordinance, inspired by the McDonald’s proposal on Detroit Avenue, is moving forward that could shape future drive-thru plans in Lakewood. Drive-thru windows may still be conditionally approved in Lakewood, but it could become a lot more difficult for businesses to get them. The Lakewood Planning Commission OK’d the proposed changes to the city’s zoning code at city hall on Thursday night. The ordinance will now make its way to Lakewood City Council for review. Among the proposed changes are new standards that include: An item that noted that drive-thrus must also have a walk-up window was removed from the initial proposal. Sean McDermott, a Lakewood resident and real estate professional, said he supports the ordinance, but has concerns…
Friday, November 4, 2011
Work on the Golden Arches plans expected to begin ‘immediately.’
Work is expected to begin “immediately” on a McDonald’s at the corner of Woodward and Detroit avenues, at the location of the former Detroit Theatre. That news comes after Thursday’s approval by the Lakewood Planning Commission to allow the fast-food giant to combine two parcels of land at the site. The commission also granted McDonald’s a conditional use permit to allow an accessory parking lot in a residential district — at the rear of the property. That didn’t sit well with many of the nearly 100 people packed into Lakewood Auditorium — many of whom opposed the plans from the beginning. Neighbors say they are concerned about the increased traffic and safety issues they expect following the construction of a double drive-thru McDonald’s…
Thursday, November 3, 2011
City officials hoping to address residents’ concerns over traffic, safety.
Looking to address residents' concerns, the city of Lakewood hopes to install a traffic signal at the intersection of Woodward and Detroit avenues — the site of a proposed McDonald’s. City officials submitted an evaluation this week to the Ohio Department of Transportation, recommending a signal at the intersection. But the signal’s need isn’t based on motor vehicle traffic. Dru Siley, the city’s planning and development director, said it’s the pedestrian traffic — mostly by students — that makes a signal necessary. “We’re nowhere near the car volume (required), but with the pedestrian volume we feel that we have a good cause to warrant a school crossing,” he said. The city is asking ODOT to pick up most of the tab for the proposed signal…
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Dozens turn out at Woodward and Detroit Avenues to oppose the Golden Arches.
Dozens of Lakewood residents are not lovin' a proposal that would plant the Golden Arches of McDonald's at the intersection of Woodward and Detroit avenues. And on Wednesday night, they let their voices be heard. Neighbors say they are concerned about the increased traffic and safety issues they expect following the construction of a double drive-thru McDonald’s — with its proposed two entrances and two exits on Woodward Avenue, a residential street of more than 100 homes. Stay tuned for additional coverage.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Dozens of residents on Woodward Avenue express their concerns about traffic near the location of the former Detroit Theatre.
Nearly 50 residents attended Monday night’s Lakewood City Council meeting. Most of them showed up to express their concerns about the proposed McDonald’s on Detroit Avenue. More specifically, they wanted to know how traffic will impact the neighborhood near Woodward and Detroit avenues where the Detroit Theatre has stood since 1923. Although the issue wasn’t directly on the agenda, the topic came up several times during the meeting — which was nearly two-and-a-half hours long. A traffic study was recently conducted — with McDonald's picking up the tab — to examine the traffic count on Detroit and Woodward avenues. The city will be studying the results. But neighbors are hoping for a more thorough examination. They began circulating a …
Monday, September 19, 2011
Lakewood Patch reader sounds off about the idea to plant the Golden Arches where the Detroit Theatre has stood for decades.
Editor's note: This letter was submitted by Lakewood resident Arlie Dorsch. This summer my family finally gave up on McDonald’s. It shouldn’t have taken this long — we saw Supersize Me when it first came out (seven years ago). We read Fast Food Nation and discussed its horrors with our friends. We’ve known all along that when it came to nutrition, McDonald’s was at the bottom of the barrel. But we thought an occasional foray to the Golden Arches was forgivable. Everything in moderation, right? And we never went without a good excuse. “I was dying for ice cream, but I only had a dollar in my purse.” Or, “A promise of fries on the way home was the only way I could get the kids to go to the store without a tantrum.” It was just a drive thru. …
Monday, August 29, 2011
Fast-food giant to present plans to the city's Architectural Board of Review on Sept. 8.
Seems like the proposal to build a McDonald’s restaurant on the property of the former Detroit Theatre is still on the table. The fast-food giant submitted preliminary plans to the city’s Architectural Board of Review late last week. Those designs aren’t yet available to the public. A meeting to discuss the company’s full proposal is set for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in the auditorium at Lakewood City Hall. This meeting will allow public comment — the last one did not. Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development, said he hasn’t had enough time to “digest the plans,” but added he plans to spend some time this week going over them. “Obviously, (McDonald's) listened to the board’s comments about concerns over traffic impact,” he said. …