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Gas Station, Auto Parts Store Planned for Milo-Grogan

Brent Warren Brent Warren Gas Station, Auto Parts Store Planned for Milo-GroganThis building would need to be demolished to make way for the new gas station. Photo by Brent Warren.
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While work has started on several walkable, mixed-use developments along Fifth Avenue in the easternmost part of Italian Village, two new projects planned for the Milo-Grogan side of the corridor are more car-oriented.

An auto parts store is currently under construction at the northwest corner of Fifth and Cleveland Avenues, and a gas station is planned for a 1.3-acre parcel on the east side of the intersection.

The gas station, a Thorntons, would have access driveways on both Cleveland and Fifth, but would be built around the existing Church’s Chicken store on the corner.

The project received a vote of approval from the Development Commission in May and has been submitted to City Council, according to staff, but has yet to scheduled for a vote. The approval was conditioned on brick piers and fencing being added to the edges of the site.

The Development Commission approval came despite a recommendation of disapproval from city staff. A staff report cited the location of the Thorntons store as the primary issue – it sits back on the site, removed from both Cleveland and Fifth, whereas the city’s Urban Commercial Overlay requires new buildings to be constructed close to the street.

The project will require the demolition of an existing, two-story office building at 638 E. Fifth Ave., as well as a one-story building at 1104 Cleveland Ave. that is occupied by Kingdom Life Church.

The plan for the under-construction Advance Auto Parts store was approved by the Board of Zoning Adjustment in June after changes were made to that building’s placement, bringing it closer to the corner to better conform with the Urban Commercial Overlay standards.

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A rendering of the Fifth Avenue side of the Thorntons, as submitted as part of the zoning application.
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