Sunday, April 28, 2013
Miss anything? Here’s a highlight of the Lakewood stories from the week.
In case you missed any of the headlines in Lakewood during the week, we thought we’d highlight a few of ‘em for you. Co-owner of Happy Dog, Momocho Opening Bar, Restaurant in Lakewood: Eric Williams is working on plans to open El Carnicero in the now-shuttered McCarthy's Ale House at 16918 Detroit Avenue. Planning Commission to Revisit City's Historic Preservation Ordinance: It’s been six years since the ordinance has been reviewed. Following the recent decision on the fate of the Heideloff property, the planning commission thinks it’s time for a second look. City’s Boards and Commissions Under the Microscope: Lakewood City Council is taking a look at the city’s boards and commissions and reviewing their effectiveness — and whether they’re…
Friday, April 26, 2013
It’s been six years since the ordinance has been reviewed. Following the recent decision on the fate of the Heideloff property, the planning commission thinks it’s time for a second look.
Following the recent decision on the Heideloff property, the Lakewood Planning Commission wants to have another look at the city’s historic preservation ordinance. No changes to the ordinance are proposed, said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development. “After the historic designation discussion about the Heideloff property, the planning commission wanted to put the ordinance on the docket as a discussion item to discuss any questions they have about the ordinance,” he said. “There were some concerns about ambiguity in the ordinance. “They’re going to begin that discussion.” Siley added that the planning commission had some questions about who could nominate a property and what determines whether a property should be …
Friday, April 5, 2013
There were two-dozen violations of the city’s building code found at the house adjacent to the new drug store’s property on Grace Avenue.
As part of the conditional use permit for the new Discount Drug Mart, the drugstore chain agreed to renovate the home at 1425 Grace Avenue, instead of demolishing it. However, neighbors, city officials and the city’s planning commission aren’t satisfied with the progress. Last month, the city’s building department inspected the home — commonly referred to as “the white house” — and found 24 code violations, ranging from plumbing to general exterior maintenance issues. The planning commission revisited Drug Mart’s conditional use permit on Thursday night. Mary Louise Madigan, the city’s Ward 4 councilwoman, shared her concerns on behalf of the neighbors. “This isn’t that difficult,” she said, referring to the renovation that the company …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Lakewood Patch readers have a few ideas on what should replace the defunct Irish pub.
Good news is, Patrick Sullivan – the former owner of Sullivan's Irish Pub – has sold the defunct restaurant to Tony George, the owner of Harry Buffalo. Sullivan's Property Has a New Owner Bad news is, it appears George doesn't have plans to reopen or convert the space into something new; rather, he's shown interest in reselling the property to someone else. When hearing of the update Tuesday, readers took to Patch's Facebook page and comment board to offer their opinions. Here's what they had to say: What do you think? Keep the conversation going in the comments section below.
Friday, March 8, 2013
But the owners of the home have offered to allow neighbors to move the home.
The Lakewood Planning Commission unanimously upheld its decision to deny the designation of the Heideloff property as historic landmark under the city’s ordinance. Last month’s decision ended in a split vote. The home at 13474 Edgewater Drive was expected to be demolished to make way for a new $2 million lakefront home. But it may not be. The property owners, Michael and Stacey Semaan, would consider allowing the neighbors to move the home to save it, said James O’Leary, an attorney representing the family. “This house could be moved and the Semaans would be willing to donate it,” he added. “And why wouldn’t they? As long as someone wants to move it, and pay to move it, it saves them the cost of demolition and it keeps the preservation of…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The meeting is scheduled to take place in the auditorium at Lakewood City Hall at 7 p.m. March 7.
The neighbors who’d hoped to make the Heideloff estate a historic landmark are going to try again next week. The planning commission will decide whether to rehear the case, after ruling last month — in a split vote — to deny the property the historic landmark status. In the appeal letter, neighbor Mary Breiner points out several reasons why the planning commission should revisit the issue. According to the appeal, those issue are: To see the entire appeal, click on the PDF at right. The meeting is scheduled to take place in the auditorium at Lakewood City Hall at 7 p.m. March 7. The home at 13474 Edgewater Drive is expected to be demolished to make way for a new $2 million lakefront home. Members of the planning commission deliberated …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
City officials expected to present the revised plan to Lakewood City Council this spring.
It’s been 20 years since Lakewood’s had a new Community Vision. In 1993, the most important issues facing the city were image, housing, economic development and physical environment. While those issues are still important, city officials set out last year to update Lakewood's Community Vision, a document that outlines the state of the city and provides an outlook for the future. The issues that were highlighted for the new vision include safety, mobility, housing, education & culture, community wellness and commercial development. And this time around, city officials hope to put the document into practical use. The city's planning commission recently reviewed — and OK'd — the new document. Lakewood City Council is expected to vote on …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Last week, the Lakewood Planning Commission voted — in a split decision — that the home at 13474 Edgewater Drive should not be designated a historic property.
As expected, the neighbors of the 100-year-old Heideloff home filed an appeal regarding the Lakewood Planning Commission’s split decision that denied their request to make the home a historic landmark. Per the city code, the applicant had 10 days to appeal. “This is the same board that will hear our appeal,” said Jeff Weber, a neighbor of the Heideloff home and advocate for saving it. “I just don’t know. We’re arguing with the same information.” Last week, the Lakewood Planning Commission voted — in a split decision — that the Heideloff property should not be designated a historic property. Neighbors told Lakewood Patch following the meeting that they planned to appeal the decision. The home at 13474 Edgewater Drive is expected to be …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Premier Physicians, at 15000 Madison Avenue, had sought to expand its exisitnig parking lot. But a double-family home was in the way.
The city’s planning commission voted on Thursday to deny a Madison Avenue business from demolishing an adjacent home on Victoria Avenue for additional parking. The realty company that manages the property of Premier Physicians, at 15000 Madison Avenue, also owns the double-family home to the north of the office’s existing parking lot. The proposal sought to demolish the home. The planning commission unanimously voted to deny the conditional use permit. A couple neighbors attended the meeting to express some concerns about the proposal, as did Ward 2 councilman Tom Bullock. “I would ask for you careful consideration,” he urged. Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development, pointed out that the commission had denied similar …
Friday, February 8, 2013
At odds were private property rights versus historic preservation. After hours of discussion, the city’s planning commission splits vote down the middle, effectively tossing out the application for historic designation.
It took nearly three hours, almost 20 speakers and dozens of impassioned speeches, but the Lakewood Planning Commission finally voted — in a split decision — that the Heideloff property should not be designated a historic property. The home at 13474 Edgewater Drive is expected to be demolished to make way for a new $2 million lakefront home. Members of the planning commission deliberated for about 45 minutes on Thursday, and with a new member encouraged to abstain, the vote ended with a 3-3 decision. That effectively denied the motion to make the property “historic” under city ordinance. At the center of the debate was the issue of private property rights versus historic preservation. The neighbors, not the property owners, submitted the …