By Beau Dusz
WADSWORTH: The Planning Commission last week approved a drive-through window for the building at 120 High Street in the downtown.
The drive-through will be used by Ritzman Pharmacy, which will move from its present location at 120 High Street to the northeast corner of that building. The new store is expected to be smaller than the space now occupied by Ritzman's.
That approval means Bob Thurber, a long time downtown businessman and owner of 120 High Street, is expected to purchase the city-owned building at 138 High Street. After the purchase, he plans on demolishing the building to provide space for a 17-car parking lot and a lane for the drive through.
Thurber said an environmental study for the 138 High Street building has been completed and the next steps will be to request a demolition permit from Medina County and take bids for demolition. He said he has worked closely with Planning Director Jeff Kaiser and the city's engineering department on the planned project.
When Ritzman's moves to its new location in the 120 High Street building, Thurber plans to have at least two other businesses occupy the remaining space in the building.
Entrance and exit for the new parking lot is planned to be off King Street.
The commission also set a public hearing for 7 p.m. March 24 on plans to make revisions to the city's planned unit development regulations.