What happened to Walgreens?
Last summer, Jim Keil Chevrolet closed its doors and a plan was announced to open a Walgreens.
But one year later, the lot at the corner of Brunswick Road and Sutton Way is little more than an eyesore littered with weeds – some taller than an average person.
“It’s not a best use of the property,” concedes Grass Valley Associate Planner Daniel Chance.
The property’s owner likely will submit a demolition application in the next week or two, Chance said.
If approved by the city’s planning commission, the demolition could move forward, he said.
Demolishing the property is risky if the property owner doesn’t receive eventual approval of the Walgreens project, according to Chance.
After the proposed demolition, the developer could receive approval for the 14,500-square-foot, one-story store in August or September, said Joe Heckel, the city’s community development director.
The city needs more information about possible traffic impacts from the planned development, officials said.
An environmental review of the project stated traffic concerns could be mitigated with better traffic light coordination in the Brunswick Road corridor, Chance said.
He said the city is double-checking the traffic impact with a traffic consulting firm.
Walgreens would include a drive-through pharmacy and 65 parking spaces.
In the meantime, Grass Valley’s Fire Chief Jim Marquis said he soon would check out the possible fire hazard despite no formal complaints.
“If it’s just a patch of weeds then it’s not a threat,” Marquis said. “If you’ve got a fuel ladder” of flammable growth climbing up the side of the building, then it’s a problem, he said.
“We try to resolve these things cooperatively,” Marquis said. “Generally, we don’t run into too much resistance.”
To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4234.
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