Renovations Planned For Yaw Oil Building

LAKEWOOD – The old Yaw Oil Building in Lakewood may soon be used again.

On Monday, David Bargar of Lakewood spoke during a Lakewood Village Board meeting about his plans to renovate the building into apartments and office/warehouse space. The building, located at 2 E. Second St., Lakewood, has been vacant for a few years.

Bargar said the building dates back to the 1920s as a oil distribution company. Bargar said there is no visible contamination on the site, but he is still investigating the underground areas of the property. Bargar said the building still needs a lot of work, which has no running water or heat.

“My goal is to not just clean it up, but put two apartments on the second floor,” he said.

The village’s Planning Board was scheduled to review the proposed project at its June 19 meeting. The proposed project’s site plan needs to be reviewed by the Planning Board. According to village zoning laws, any renovations to an existing structure with more than 5,000 square feet of space needs to have a site plan reviewed by the Planning Board. According to the minutes of the Planning Board meeting, Bargar was not present at the meeting so the board tabled the proposal because they received no explanation on the proposal or could not ask any questions about the project.

The Lakewood Village Board, after holding a public hearing on the proposal, tabled the motion to approve the site plan proposal until the Planning Board makes its recommendation on the project.