Hazel Park Hosting Forum on Vacant CVS Properties July 9

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(Crystal A. Proxmire, July 2, 2015)

For the past six years, two former CVS locations have sat vacant in Hazel Park and now interested parties are coming together to figure out how to change that.

The City is hosting an informational meeting about the CVS vacancies on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 6:30pm at Hazel Park City Hall (111 E. 9 Mile).

nicholas-schrock-allstate“We’re hosting a forum to see what our residents think. The buildings became a topic of discussion at the last DDA meeting. CVS is sitting on two empty buildings and residents and other businesses are frustrated with them not being filled,” said City Manager Ed Klobucher.

“CVS owns the buildings,” Klobucher said. “They consolidated and moved to their current location at 9 Mile and John R in 2009. There was no guarantee for them to fill the businesses, but they told us they had tenants. ..Now that we’ve been blessed with a lot of inquiries by potential businesses, we hope we can work with CVS to link them with interested persons to get those buildings filled.”

There is one building on 9 Mile and Russell, and another on John R near Chestnut.



Jeff Campbell is Hazel Park’s Assistant City Manager, Planning and Economic Development Director, and Building and Code Supervisor. “CVS’s vacant buildings have been and continue to remain an eyesore for our community experiencing a rebirth with new businesses, such as James Rigato’s Mabel Grey,” Campbell said on Facebook.

Klobucher said the meeting will be to help answer questions and dispel rumors.  He stated he also hopes to “make sure people are aware that even if these buildings get filled, because of our flawed municipal finance system, there will not be a large increase in tax revenue to the city.”  Tax collection is capped at the rate of inflation, which is currently 1.6 percent, he said.

“New business does help prevent a loss in tax revenue, and it is a quality of life issue for people,” he said.

Klobucher said “I’d rather have a dialogue before being adversarial.  I want to work with CVS, and hear from residents, and people building business here,  all the people who have a stake in this.”  CVS Corporate office did not return our request for comment.  This story may be updated if more information becomes available.

To RSVP for the discussion, call 248-546-4060 and ask for Jimmy. RSVPs are requested so there can be enough pizza.


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