Monday, July 9, 2012
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 Discount Drug Mart will move forward with a plan for its new location after the Lakewood Planning Commission denied a portion of the drug store’s proposal. The local pharmacy chain — looking to expand its grocery presence in Lakewood at the site of the former Ganley auto dealership — has withdrawn its design proposal at the upcoming architectural board of review meeting on Thursday. Discount Drug Mart 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…
Friday, July 6, 2012
Shopping center will feature new tenant Quaker Steak and Lube.
Discount Drug Mart will be the anchor tenant in the new Lakewood Plaza — and will expand it size by 30 percent, moving into some of the space formerly occupied by the Sakura Japanese Restaurant. The plaza will also feature newcomer Quaker Steak and Lube. Officials from the city and from developer Levey and Company met last year at the plaza to unveil the nearly $3 million plans.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Crews start some of the work on the future home of Quaker Steak and Lube.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
City wouldn't have supported the purchase and demolition of Grace Avenue home.
Discount Drug Mart is still planning to tear down the former Ganley auto dealership to make way for a new 24,000-square-feet store on Detroit Avenue. However, company officials have scrapped plans to demolish the home south of the dealership. In a letter to residents of Grace and Cohassett avenues, Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development, said the administration wouldn’t have supported the purchase and demolition of the house at 1425 Grace Avenue. “The developer withdrew that item from the proposal and is revising the project plans,” Siley said. However, plans to demolish the multi-unit apartment building are still in the proposal. The city’s planning commission is set to vote on that issue — along with a request to …
Resident says Discount Drug Mart would set a "risky precedent."
Thursday, May 31, 2012
A proposal by Discount Drug Mart to encroach on residential property has disturbing implications and sets a risky precedent for all Lakewood residents. Drug Mart plans to build a 28,000 sq. ft. store with 92 parking spots on the former Ganley lot on Detroit Ave., straddling the corners of Grace and Cohasset avenues and serving as a gateway to this significant neighborhood of historic homes. Although many residents are concerned about Drug Mart’s impending location across the street from Garfield Middle School, the neighborhood is NOT anti-development. The Ganley lot is zoned for and needs a commercial tenant. Drug Mart’s plan, however, is not progress. Instead of restricting their store to the very large lot already zoned for them, Drug…
Friday, May 18, 2012
The extensive renovation to Lakewood Plaza is rolling right along.
Monday, April 16, 2012
After some tweaking, the city’s architectural board of review gives the green light to the plans.
The plans for the new Quaker Steak and Lube are moving forward at the Drug Mart Plaza on Detroit Avenue. That news comes after the architectural board of review meeting approved the final design plans last week. The Pennsylvania-based restaurant chain agreed to change some of its plans, including altering the signs, usually typical for a Quaker Steak and Lube. But this “concept store” is anything but typical. At 6,600 square feet, this Quaker Steak and Lube is much smaller — and in more of an urban setting — than others across the county. Taking the board recommendations into consideration, Quaker Steak will use a large vintage photograph of the Lakewood on the side of the building. The restaurant agreed to remove the border neon that …
Monday, March 5, 2012
City's Planning Commission OKs two conditional use permits — one for extended hours, and another for a brickyard, outdoor patio.
The city of Lakewood got its first glance inside the proposed 6,600-square-foot Quaker Steak and Lube restaurant, slated to be one of the new tenants of a renovated Drug Mart Plaza on Detroit Avenue. Last week, the Lakewood Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for a 50-seat outdoor, brickyard patio. The commission also approved a second conditional use permit to keep the business open later than originally planned. According to the plans, the “brickyard,” outdoor patio — located on the Detroit Avenue side of the building — would have an outdoor bar area connected to the indoor bar. The planning commission OK’d the conditional use permits to keep the business open until midnight during the week and 1 a.m. during Friday …
Friday, January 13, 2012
After a departure from the original proposal, city’s architectural board of review approved the project.
Developers for the proposed multi-million-dollar Lakewood Plaza renovation presented the newest round of changes to the city’s architectural board of review on Thursday. After some give-and-take, the board OK’d the plans, but added a few conditions. In a departure from the original plans — because of an immovable gas line under the sidewalk along Detroit Avenue — architects presented new plans last month. The board wasn’t impressed. The renderings for the plaza — also known as the Drug Mart Plaza — showed structure lacking the architectural design that city officials had hoped for. The towers were removed. The landscaping changed. The buildings all had the same height with few differentiating features. In a work session last week, the …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The revised multi-million-dollar plans for Lakewood Plaza — also known as the Drug Mart Plaza — went “back to the drawing board” last month.
The revised multi-million-dollar plans for Lakewood Plaza — also known as the Drug Mart Plaza — went “back to the drawing board” last month. Architects are set to present the new, revised plans to the city’s architectural board of review this Thursday. But officials say there are still some improvements that need to be made. In a departure from the original plan — because of an immovable gas line under the sidewalk along Detroit Avenue — architects presented new plans last month. The board wasn’t impressed. The renderings showed structure lacking the architectural design that city officials had hoped for. The towers were removed. The landscaping changed. The buildings all had the same height with few differentiating features. Several …