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Dollar General Plans Face Some Opposition

Store expected to open within the “next couple months.” But first, the design plans must first get the OK from the city’s architectural board of review.

A on Detroit Avenue within the “next couple months."

But the proposal will face some opposition from city leaders at the city’s architectural board of review meeting on Thursday.

“I will oppose it tooth and nail, since it represents not the highest and best use, but the lowest and worse use,” said Ward 2 City Councilman Tom Bullock.

He said he plans to attend the ABR meeting on Thursday to address the proposal.

“I want to challenge us all to look to the toolbox used in other cities, who have successfully managed — or at least better managed — and zoned commercial development than we have,” Bullock added.

last week about the proposal for the national discount chain moving into the 9,000-square-foot, now-vacant former home of .

The building recently changed ownership.

City officials began looking to attract a new tenant when to its new home on the site of the a couple blocks away.

Four local tenants — including a local breakfast restaurant, the owner of a “well-established” Lakewood restaurant, a local hardware store and a fitness center — stepped forward.

To no avail. 

“We cultivated these leads, and in spite of that this owner made a lazy decision,” Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development, told Lakewood Patch last week.

According to the proposal, the store will open within the next couple months. 

Included in the design plans for the store are the addition of handicap accessible restrooms; new front doors; removal of doors at the rear of the building; and new siding.

Evan Hammersmith June 14, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Michael I see your point. I think I agree, unless I'm missing something. I don't live over there, so I dont have a great visual on the layout.
Michael Ciccarello June 15, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Thanks you for that acknowledgement and an objective perspective regarding the situation in our neighborhood. I am describing the situation openly and honestly, no smoke and mirrors. We simply want to protect our neighborhood from erosion and support our neighbors that will be negatively impacted. I can also understand your points i.e., Dollar General, free market, landlord business decisions. I wish it were different (ultimate tenant in vacant space) but accept the 'choice' made by the building owner. Did Dollar General offer more financially, or a longer lease ? Not aware, but if true, then the city should consider offering economic development incentives to property owners that are leasing space (to attract tenants that create more diverse retail opportunities for residents). You know it's all about us when it comes to retail, without customers, no business. I also agree with your point on shopping at Dollar General if it meets your need. I on the other hand will not frequent the business, not with Marc's established and right around the corner. Nor will I frequent the new micky dees at the Detroit Theater site, poor nutritional value and if I did have a fix on a Big Mac, I'm off to the W. 117th establishment. I guess my point, what constitutes an over saturation of stores offering the same goods and services? A lack of business patrons I assume, and that's what I intend to promote on this influx of dollar and drug stores.
Mark Buckley June 15, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I went to the A.B.R. meeting last night concerning the new D.M. Towards the end the architect mentioned that Dru Siley had finally capitulated on the much needed Traffic Study. What is so glaring about this, is that the Study will be conducted while School is Out . So by stalling on a request we ( the residents of Grace ) made a month ago, Mr. Siley will be able to gift wrap a Traffic Study that can only approximate the traffic flow from the Dollar Store, can only approximate the traffic flow from the D.M and will either ignore or approximate the traffic flow from Garfield Middle School. This isn't just negligent , in the end it could be tragic. The Patch as well as The Observer should call Mr. Siley on this.
theresa sweeny June 15, 2012 at 05:27 PM
True, Christina. Most likely because this is in the center of town, and looks all other strip malls. I dont think it is a low brow store any more than Marc's discount is. I too would like to see more local businesses, but the owner is within their right to lease to whomever they choose. If Lakewood wanted to choose the tenant, they should have bought the property.
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