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Vacant Pharm lot gets owner
Oregon shoppers could see a long-vacant store at Wheeling Street and Starr Avenue revived as a shopping plaza if Oregon City Council approves a zoning change. Marvin Dabish, businessman and former Oregon councilman, purchased the vacant property at 410 S ...
Oregon shoppers could see a long-vacant store at Wheeling Street and Starr Avenue revived as a shopping plaza if Oregon City Council approves a zoning change.
Marvin Dabish, businessman and former Oregon councilman, purchased the vacant property at 410 SWheeling for $685,000City Administrator Mike Beazley said the former home of Food Town and The Pharm has been empty for 14 years.
The Pharm property on South Wheeling Street and Starr Avenue has been the source of complaints by residents because of the weeds and the garbage that piles up in the lot.
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“I was always after it to develop it,” MrDabish said“The reason I love it is it’s right down the street from my houseThere’s a lot of opportunity there for a lot of new businesses to come to the city of Oregon.”
After Rite Aid bought The Pharm drugstore chain from Seaway Food Town, it closed the store at Wheeling and Starr but retained the lease.
MrDabish has applied to change the property’s zoning from C-1 neighborhood commercial to C-2 general commercial, a change the planning commission backed earlier this month by a 5-0 voteA hearing is set for June 27.
“Rite Aid was paying a lease to the property owner, and so the property owner didn’t want to rerent it because they would lose the lease money from Rite Aid,” MrBeazley said“As a community, we’re glad to see someone acquire itWe’re glad to see a potential for new use.”
MrDabish said he’s targeting a produce market, clothing stores, shoe stores, and restaurants for the developmentHe said Planet Fitness engaged in talks to purchase the entire facility, but a deal could not be reached.
The former councilman, who also owns River East Plaza in East Toledo, said he plans to invest in the building and has hired the Reichle Klein Group of Toledo to identify prospective tenants.
“I’ll be making major renovations,” he said“The whole facade will be changed from the front — a major makeoverLet’s say someone needs 15,000 square feetWe'll divide it and build it to their specific standards for how they want the layout to be.”
MrBeazley said nearly all of Oregon’s rental space is occupied, but this location had become an eyesore for residentsMrDabish said complaints have been made of high weeds and garbage in the parking lot, which he is taking care of each week.
“People I know in the city always say, ‘I wish a grocery store or something went in there so at least we could have something,’ ” MrDabish said“Before I bought the building, I know the city got a lot of complaintsI really think the residents of Oregon want something new.”
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