Five months after a Cleveland-area development group sought to build a CVS on the north end of the Douglass Loop—including the Twig and Leaf diner, the former Café Metro, Pinotti’s Flower Shop, Farah Cleaners and other businesses—plans for the CVS project have been dropped—and efforts to designate the anchoring restaurant a protected landmark are well underway, with probable approval coming this fall.
“The Landmarks Commission did receive a petition to designate the Twig and Leaf a historic landmark,” says Dave Marchal, urban design administrator for the City of Louisville. “Now we have to write a report, take it to the Public Works Commission and have a hearing, and they may designate it.” Approval may come as early as this October.
Despite the area outcry (including a 6,000-member Facebook group that called upon its members to call the developers to voice their opposition) and the public meeting held on the subject—complete with artist’s renderings of the proposed CVS—the development is not moving forward.
“Probably not on that particular location,” says Greg Potts of The Zaremba Group. We’ve pretty much dropped all our interest in it.”
Marchal says, “[Developers] may shop the idea around the neighborhood and try to build support, but that’s not happening.”
For now, Potts isn’t talking. “I don’t know. As soon as you publish [anything we say], people will read it and come after us again.”
CVS and The Zaremba Group never formally applied for the space.