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Abandoned Ganley Dealership Eyed for New Drug Mart

Value World eyed as tenant to take over the pharmacy’s space at 11900 Detroit Avenue.

is looking to expand its presence in the city.

The company — with its — has plans to move its eastern Lakewood location to the abandoned Ganley auto dealership at the corner of Cohassett and Detroit avenues.

Value World, a thrift store at W. 107th Street and Lorain Avenue in Cleveland, is considering a move into Drug Mart’s vacated location, according to officials.

The former auto dealership's showroom building would be demolished — along with an apartment building and vacant house at the rear of the property — to make way for a 24,000-square-foot Drug Mart, according to plans submitted to the city on Tuesday.

Plans call for a red brick structure, 92 parking spaces, a drive-thru, and green space that includes space for a bio-retention swale.

“That will take care of a significant piece of real estate that leaves only the ,” said Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers.

But before ground is broken, there are a couple of hurdles ahead of the drug store chain.

The first is a proposal for a conditional use permit for a zoning change and a lot consolidation at the former Ganley site. The city’s planning commission will consider those motions on June 7. 

And the following week, on June 14, the city’s architectural board of review will examine the company’s design plans. 

Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development, said the drawings submitted Tuesday still need some refining.

“The initial building design is a good first pass, but it will need a lot of work before it can be approved,” he said. “This will have to look like a Lakewood building and not like a typical Drug Mart.”

Officials from could not be reached for this story, but Siley said that the store is looking to compete as a grocery store — not as much as a pharmacy.

“The east end of Lakewood is, without a doubt, underserved for grocery store options,” he said.

This isn’t the only proposed development on the Ganley-owned property.

Earlier this year, on the adjacent property across Grace Avenue.

Although a tenant for the current Drug Mart hasn’t been confirmed, Siley said that Value World “has been a part of that discussion.”

“I am encouraged to see interest in reusing the former Ganley dealership site,” he said. “The quality of the design is going to be as important here as it was for , because Grace and Cohassett are two of our most historic residential streets.”

Siley said that early feedback has been positive from neighbors, who no longer want an abandoned building at the location.

The city — which has distributed fliers to residents throughout the neighborhood — is hosting a forum to address questions and concerns with the public at at 6 p.m. tonight.

Tim Torrence June 01, 2012 at 03:47 PM
No Mr. Trevor I would not. But I would like to remove a large portion of the alcohol funded business establishments in Lakewood. We certainly have more than our share. Why doesn't the city do something about this? We have children who walk to school every day down Detroit Ave. and they pose a clear danger. Maybe the city should remove alcohol licenses and put the present owners out on the street so that better businesses can move in and brighten up our streets rather than having people puking on the side walks or getting in fights in the middle of the streets or even drinking and driving. And after that maybe the city of Lakewood can force some high end retailer or eatery to move in. It would certainly be an upgrade from say the "5 O'Clock" tavern that is currently there. Would Angelo and Christina agree this is also a fair proposal or do they only want some people to feel put out for Lakewood's upgrade?
Barbara June 01, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Like it or not, the bars are businesses that seem to be able to maintain a client base. I don't think they 'pose a clear danger' to children, and the Lakewood police have been vigilant about watching for DUIs. You are contradicting your previous post 'high end retail and high end eateries are not coming to Lakewood...' when you state that by putting bars out of business, 'better businesses can move in'. I'm not sure what your arguments are.
angelo June 01, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Mr. Torrence, despite owning a tavern I too am somewhat poor as my debt matches my assets. My tavern definitely needs an upgrade and like you I'm doing it as I can. My stance against Value Mart is an attempt to improve my lot and that of my neighborhood and from what you described you are not the type of neighbor I and others would like to see in less of a concentration. Your animosity toward liquor based businesses as well as your desire to put them out of business has been tried before and it wasn't pretty, much more reprehensible in fact than that tiny minority of consumers who overindulge. You want to rid this city of one of the main attractions to it especially attractive to young college aged residents. Again, your Deagans, Melt and Jammy Buggers all serve alcohol and are great additions to our city. Maybe you can ban car dealerships too since people die in vehicles for more reasons than alcohol abuse. You need to get over your imagined insult from our stance on this issue. I agree change needs to begin with individuals but no matter how nice I make my apartment (and it's damn nice) it won't make Forest City complete the Rockport Development. A palatial building would look silly next to ValueWorld.
Tim Torrence June 02, 2012 at 05:57 PM
You and I will never see eye to eye on this but it was interesting to see you react to irrational fears of bars. That hint of business freedom coupled with personal responsibility was refreshing. Although it only applies when you or your vision are involved. For the record I frequent alcohol establishments on Saturdays and I do not hold bars responsible for serving people exactly what they ask for. I will not respond further but I would like to see a response to S. Trevor. Don't back peddle I read your comments in the exact same manner.
angelo June 03, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Not sure what you mean by responding to Mr. Trevor as I thought I was. Identifying myself and my property in a blog like this hardly qualifies as backpedaling and I'm still not sure what your position is. If it's business freedom from government intervention it doesn't completely apply in this situation since the city owns most of the parking surrounding the Drug Mart property. Any business coming in has to lease from the city giving the city more of a say than normal. If my business is a blight on this city believe me I have no problem with some high end retailer buying me out and if I'm lucky after paying off my 6 loans and the IRS I'll be able to buy my wife and I a cup of Joe. When the smoking ban passes we lost $100,000.00 in sales that year. I invested in a patio and put in a stage for live music as we could not sustain the place under those conditions. Then the economy tanks. The changes paid off as sales are back to normal but it all goes to others. Value World will probably be our neighbor despite my feelings about it just as the now purple and gold exotic dancer store is on the other side of me. You know if this continues I'll probably have to scratch any chances at those cups of Joe.

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