No agreement on Walgreens’ design |

No agreement on Walgreens’ design

City leaders have encouraged developers of a proposed Walgreens in Glenbrook Basin to move their building closer to the street and add windows that face the sidewalks, but to no avail, Mayor Mark Johnson said.

A Grass Valley City Council subcommittee of Johnson and Councilwoman Jan Arbuckle met with the developer last week, where both sides reiterated concerns discussed at last month’s council meeting.

“So far, I’ve heard they can’t make changes,” Johnson said. The developers, Interra Development Partners, of Gold River, and the subcommittee are slated to discuss possible design changes on Thursday, Johnson said.

At the Feb. 26 council meeting, council members narrowly rejected an appeal questioning proposed traffic improvements but continued a design appeal so the subcommittee could negotiate potential changes with the developer. The subcommittee is expected to report back at the April 8 council meeting.

The proposed Walgreens has been a lightning rod for people interested in making the Glenbrook Basin a more pedestrian friendly area. Though city design guidelines don’t require new Glenbrook Basin buildings to be located next to the street, with parking in the rear or on the side, the city’s general plan favors the more pedestrian friendly design.

Interra Development’s plans call for a 14,550-square-foot building and two 800-square-foot buildings for commercial businesses on a site where the shuttered Jim Keil Chevrolet dealership sits. The dealership would be torn down to make way for the project. If approved, the pharmacy will join a Longs and Rite Aid drugstore, which are nearby.

Adding solar panels to the two proposed retail buildings and allowing only a right turn onto Sutton Way out of the proposed Walgreens also were discussed, Johnson said.

“They don’t even want to do solar on those (buildings),” Johnson said.

The developer’s concerns about receiving Caltrans approval for transportation improvements also was discussed, he added.

To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail or call 477-4234.

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