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Sylvania Planning Commission puts CVS vote on hold pending driveway proposal


Zaremba Group wants a zoning change to put a CVS Pharmacy at the site of a building on the northwest corner of King Road and Sylvania Avenue.

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The City of Sylvania Municipal Planning Commission tabled a vote today on a zone change request that would allow a CVS Pharmacy to be built on the northwest corner of Sylvania Avenue and King Road.

Commission members placed the vote on hold pending a proposal for a cross access drive between the property of a possible future CVS at 7510 W. Sylvania Ave. and the adjacent Andersons Market. 

Zaremba Group of Cleveland has requested a zone change from heavy industrial to general business for the construction of a 13,000 square foot pharmacy that would be built in spring.

Currently, however, there is no drive for motorists to cross between the Andersons parking lot, and vice versa.

Having an additional driveway west of the pharmacy’s planned entrance on Sylvania Avenue would be supported, said John Wojtila, senior development manager of the Zaremba Group. The Zaremba Group is in the process of purchasing the land of the proposed site.

He presented the site plans to the commission, which showed an entrance on Sylvania Avenue where customers could enter from the left or the right, but could only exit making a right turn.

The plan also showed an additional entrance on King Road. Kevin Aller, city service director, said that traffic studies showed that there was no need for a left turn lane on King Road, a two-lane street. The traffic signal at the intersection would need to be adjusted to ensure a smooth vehicle pattern, he said.

He said that Andersons officials had been contacted regarding a plan for access to both sites through the parking lots. They are reviewing the site plans, he told the commission. 

Sylvania resident Carol Lindhuber expressed her concern that history would repeat itself in terms of CVS coming to Toledo and then leaving.

“CVS came to Toledo years ago, and then left stores that stood empty. How do we know that we won’t have an empty store sitting there again,” she asked. She also pointed out that the area is saturated with drug stores, saying it would be the seventh within a square mile. Along with traffic concerns on King Road, Mrs. Lindhuber said she hoped that the hardwood trees currently on the property were not removed, and that the planned landscaping was congenial and cared cared for.

Mr. Wojtila said the company planned on maintaining the property landscape, and would review the plans for the existing trees. 

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356 or

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