Thursday, January 24, 2013
City releases detailed map highlighting the development patterns of Lakewood neighborhoods.
With its focus on the city’s aging housing stock, Lakewood officials are looking to gain some insight about the city’s development. A new map provided by the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission — at no charge — is expected to shed some light on the city’s past. As well as its future. (click on the attached PDF at right and zoom-in to find your neighborhood) Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development, said the map will help highlight issues such as historic preservation. “The better informed we are about development patterns in Lakewood, time of construction and how neighborhoods developed, the better able we will be as effective advocates for our 100-year-old building stock,” he said. City officials will share the map with …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The vacant Spitzer dealership has been vacant since 2010.
With a plan in the works for a new GetGo gas station at the southwest intersection of Detroit Avenue and Bunts Road, we thought we’d take a look across the street to the abandoned Spitzer dealership. Following changes in the auto industry, the dealership closed in 2010. Last year, the city put out a request for proposals for development at the site. Only one — for a senior housing complex — came back. Nearly one year, later the property still sits empty. What would you like to see developed at the site? The vacant Spitzer dealership in the 13900 block of Detroit Avenue sits on nearly two acres of land. Dru Siley, the director of planning and development, told Lakewood Patch last year that in a city like Lakewood — which has nearly …
Thursday, November 17, 2011
About 50 people gathered at the Lakewood Masonic Temple on Wednesday night to talk about some of the key issues facing the city.
About 50 people gathered at the Masonic Temple on Wednesday night to talk about the future of Lakewood. Presented by LakewoodAlive, the community forum hosted several experts on housing and economic development. Before the four-man panel took the stage, Mayor Summers got the party started with a breakdown of the 2010 census data. Lakewood is getting more diverse. There are fewer people, but the population is getting younger. And the number of vacant homes in the city has nearly doubled in the past 10 years. The forum discussed some of these issues at the “Ensuring a Vibrant Future: A Community Conversation” event on Wednesday. As well as a few other topics — including education and public transportation.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Marc's, Drug Mart and CVS all begin expansion projects in Lakewood.
If you're looking to open a pharmacy, it looks like Lakewood is the place to be. Three of them within a couple blocks of each other are expanding or building new spaces downtown. Marc’s got the ball rolling with an expansion this summer. Then, there’s the new construction of a new CVS Pharmacy on the property of the former St. Paul Lutheran Church. And last week, Drug Mart unveiled plans for a $2.5 million renovation in Lakewood Plaza.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Plans — that include two additions and a five-car garage — presented to the city's architectural board of review.
Earlier this year, an elegant estate on Edgewater Drive was spared the wrecking ball as well as a proposed plan to build 14 single-story senior living homes on the property. The property, commonly known as the Heideloff Estate, is once again giving neighbors a headache. The new owners have proposed a huge home makeover on the 2.6 acre property at 13474 Edgewater Dr. The blueprints — revealing several additions to the four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home — were presented last week to the city architectural board of review. Mark Reinhold, the architect for the project, told the ABR that among the changes, the homeowners would like to include two additional wings on the home and a five-car garage. The proposed wing facing west would include a small …
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Newry, a Westlake-based management consulting firm, is moving into the Bailey Building.
Newry, a management consulting firm, is the latest company that has decided to pack it up in Westlake and move operations east to Lakewood. The company is expected to finalize its lease in the next couple of days in the Bailey Building on Detroit Avenue, said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development. The company is bringing an estimated two-dozen jobs with it. “These are 25 good-paying jobs, skilled folks,” Siley said. “They’re looking to grow in an active and vibrant community.” The build-out on the second floor of the Bailey Building is expected to take several months to complete. Siley said the employees could be in the office by the end of the year. Newry — which specializes in taking technology products to market — …