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Planning commission approves new facade for shopping center

This architectural drawing by GBC Design, top, shows how the planned exterior renovations at Fairview Centre will look. Below is a recent photo of the Lorain Road shopping center for comparison.

By Kevin Kelley

Fairview Park

A long-awaited facelift is coming to Fairview Centre.

Lamar Companies, which purchased the Lorain Road shopping center last year, is following through on a promised renovation of the 64-year-old property.

On Feb. 15, Fairview Park’s Planning and Design Commission approved a proposal for exterior renovations at Fairview Centre. The plan will see the open-latticelike structure that hangs over the center’s sidewalk covered by a solid facade featuring stucco material.

The facade will add gables over the Giant Eagle grocery store and at other spots across the center.

The color scheme will consist of a yellow-beige cream base color, with reddish accents and lining. According to architect John Elsey of GBC Design, the specific colors are pearl as the base color, with the accent color called moondust and the lining called coral.

The signs denoting each tenant will be placed on the new facade once it is put up, Elsey said.

“The signs will not change,” he told commissioners. “They’ll just be reattached.”

The tall column that now holds the historic circle-F will be taken down. One of the circle-Fs, which dates to the cinema that was an original tenant at the shopping center, will be placed on a gable at the western end of the plaza.

Commission member Chet Sadonick asked that if either circle-F is not used that it be donated to the city or school district due to its historical significance to the community.

Lamar plans to demolish the two-story section of the center, which includes the former CVS drugstore. According to Elsey, demolition is planned for March. Lamar ultimately hopes to attract a standalone store for the space where the drugstore once stood.

Demolition of the western two-story section of the center will leave a brick wall exposed at the western end of the center. Elsey said there was some concern about what cosmetic condition the wall would be in following demolition.

Commissioners discussed with Elsey what would be done if the brick wall turns out to be unsightly.

Elsey said the wall may need to be painted or repaired slightly. Sadonick suggested the addition of landscaping if the exposed wall turns out to be unattractive.

Building Commissioner Sel Kulcsar and Law Director Sara Fagnilli said if the wall turns out to be unacceptable, Lamar will need to return to the commission with a plan on what to do about it.

Mayor Eileen Patton made the motion to approve the renovation plan with the stipulation that Kulcsar update the commission on the status of the exposed wall. The motion passed unanimously.

Commission members also unanimously voted to keep Bruce Danko and Sadonick as chairman and vice chairman, respectively.



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