July 29, 2014

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Lorain gets Lowe’s

LORAIN — Lorain City Council has approved plans for a Lowe’s store to move into Deerfield Estates on the city’s west side, while Amherst Council still is debating whether to allow a vehicle maintenance shop to open there, too.

Lowe’s likely will open late next year and bring with it up to 175 jobs, about 75 percent of which will be fulltime, according to Maureen Rich, spokeswoman for the North Carolina-based home improvement store. It will also bring in about $7 million in property tax revenue, according to Matt McGill, owner of McGill Property Group in Solon, which developed the shopping center.

Lorain City Council approved the plans in a 9-2 vote, with Councilmen Bret Schuster, D-4th Ward, and Craig Snodgrass, D-8th Ward, voting against it — partly out of fear that another big box store could close, leaving another vacant building in the city, they said. Snodgrass represents the area where the Lowe’s will be built.

The original plan for Lorain’s side of the shopping center, which straddles the border with Amherst, was for several medium-sized shops. But several plaza representatives said there wasn’t interest.

Anthony Giardini, an attorney representing the development, has said that while the city had been hoping for other shops to go in there, including a largechain grocery store, having two major anchor stores in the shopping center is likely to draw more stores.
Meanwhile, Amherst City Council discussed a zoning change so that Enger Auto Service and Tire Inc., which has 12 locations throughout Northeast Ohio, could add a store on Cooper Foster Park Road, which is just south of Deerfield Estates. Amherst Council could approve the change at its next meeting later this month.

Contact Adam Wright at 653-6257 or awright@chroniclet.com.