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Walgreens set for construction

The site of the former Jim Keil Chevrolet dealership is slated for cleanup and construction this summer for the new Walgreens pharmacy and store, Grass Valley Community Development Director Joe Heckel said Thursday.

The blighted lot at the busy corner of Brunswick Road and Sutton Way has sat dormant for two years. Five-foot weeds have grown out of the pavement since then, with one cleanup last summer.

That’s soon to change, Heckel said.

Developer Brian Swatski, of Interra-Vision Development LLC in Sacramento, was told to clean the property up last week, Heckel said. Swatski talked to Heckel Thursday and said it would be done today or by Monday.

If the developers do not clean up the property and the city has to do it, they would be charged for the job on their property tax bill, plus a 20 percent penalty, according to city ordinances.

Swatski did not return The Union’s telephone calls, but Heckel was confident Swatski and the firm would come through.

“It’s our understanding they want to break ground this summer,” Heckel said. “They have filed their building plans for the primary and secondary buildings,” which are now under city review.

The main, 14,550-square-foot building will house the Walgreens drug store. It will be linked by a trellis to two other buildings of about 800 square feet each for small shops, Heckel said. He expected the project to take six months to one year to finish, but did not know if that fit Interra-Vision’s timeline.

Fears of gridlock from Citizens Concerned About Traffic spawned improvements to the intersection, the cost of which Walgreens will bear, Heckel said. The design also was appealed by former City Councilman Steve Enos, which resulted in design changes bringing the project closer to the city’s preferred look of the historic district.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail dmoller@theunion.com or call 477-4237.

n Location: Brunswick Road and Sutton Way, Grass Valley

n Site size: 2.2 acres

n Main building: 14,550 square feet

n Two small shops: About 800 square feet each

n Parking: 65 spaces

n Construction start:

This summer

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