Artist wants to convert Birdtown building into a live/work studio and gallery

12507 Plover Street was the site of an electrical substation in the early 1900s. The building has housed light manufacturing since the 1930s, and is the current location of Atlas Machine Products.

12507 Plover Street was the site of an electrical substation in the early 1900s. The building has housed light manufacturing since the 1930s, and is the current location of Atlas Machine Products.

In what could serve as an important catalyst for neighborhood revitalization, a longtime Lakewood artist will seek permission from the Planning Commission to transform an old, tired industrial brick building on Plover Street into a live/work studio and gallery featuring jewelry and paintings.

Lake Avenue resident Kim Schoel expects to make a bid on the property, which has been owned by B&K Investments since 1975, and wants formal approval for two zoning variances: one for a second-floor dwelling unit and another for retail sales.

The building is located directly to the north of the railroad tracks near the intersection of Robin Street and Plover Street, a short walk from the artists’ studios and teaching spaces at the Screw Factory, formally known as the Lake Erie building at Templar Industrial Park.

Schoel, who has lived in the city for 20 years, operated the Dead Horse Gallery in the Rozi Wine House building from 2000 to 2004.

At its meeting next Thursday, the Commission will review Shoel’s development proposal.

The first-floor will have a 1,200-square-foot gallery in front and a 2,000-square-foot painting studio in the rear, along with a 1,000-square-foot space in between for jewelry production.

First Floor Plan

First floor plan

The second-floor will be converted from office space to a 1,200 square foot living area with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, study, living room and mezzanine.

Second floor plan

Second floor plan

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