Interior renovations will begin in several weeks
Passersby in front the former Susan’s Coffee and Tea may have noticed some changes in the building’s exterior recently.
Randall Matejka, president of DesignWise Construction Co. in Cleveland
and the architect overseeing the building’s conversion to a Five Guys
Burgers and Fries restaurant, said renovations to the space began in
the middle of November. Such changes included paving the parking lot,
patching exterior concrete and applying a first coat of exterior paint.
“The exterior is basically done,” Matejka said.
Workers at DesignWise will probably be starting interior renovations
within the next two to three weeks, Matejka said. For now, a great deal
of the work lies in submitting plans for review, which is the process
of having different aspects such as the structural accessibility,
plumbing and electricity cleared by the Kent Building Department. He
said revised drawings were mailed yesterday in response to the second
building review, dated Oct. 29.
The first building review was dated for Oct. 13. It took place after
the Kent Building Department received the building permit application
from the franchisee, Wholesome Development, LLC, Oct. 6.
Robert Nitzsche, chief building official at the Kent Building
Department, said the number of reviews that take place depends on
whether the contractor has met the reviewer’s list of requirements,
which include local building and fire requirements as well as state
“Once they have met that list it’s just a matter of issuing the
building permit, so they can start interior renovations,” Nitzsche
said. “We gave them the go ahead to do (the exterior changes) because
they didn’t affect the building structure.”
The project should be completed by the end of February or the beginning of March, Matejka said.
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