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Work on new Walgreens expected soon

Demolition work on the old Jim Keil Chevrolet is expected soon so contractors can start building a new Walgreens store in Grass Valley’s Glenbrook Basin.

“They want to get the demolition done as soon as possible so they can get the foundation poured before the winter rains come,” said Joe Heckel, the city’s community development director, on Monday.

Brian Swatski, who represents Walgreens developers Interra-Vision, was in town last week to pick up demolition papers for the structure at Brunswick Road and Sutton Way, Heckel said. Swatski could not be reached for comment Monday.



Representatives from Interra-Vision, of Gold River in the Sacramento area, are expected at the Grass Valley City Council meeting at 7 p.m. tonight to discuss the project, Heckel said.

Swatski will be there to discuss the estimated $433,000 the city is charging his firm for improvements that Walgreen’s will fund for the busy intersection out front. The city already built new turning lanes there and rearranged them to increase capacity after the Big 1 Appliance opened.




Interra-Vision could make some of that money back if new stores are built or other businesses in the area expand in the future, but city staff expressed doubt that would happen because the corner already is built up.

The blighted property has been sitting vacant and growing weeds for two years, ever since Keil moved to Mexico and announced he was going out of business.

Interra-Vision had a crew cut the weeds down at the corner in July, but the parking lot that fronts Brunswick Road and the on-ramp to the Golden Center Freeway is covered with five-foot weeds growing through the cracks of the asphalt.

The 14,550 square-foot drug store will be the third large pharmacy in Glenbrook Basin, competing with Longs Drugs and Rite Aid. In addition, a Sav-On Pharmacy is close by, inside the Save Mart on Nevada City Highway. Longs has asked the city to build a second store on Idaho-Maryland Road at East Main Street.

The building will be tied by a trellis to two 800 square-foot structures slated for other businesses.

In July, Heckel said the project probably would take about six months to a one year to construct, but he was unaware of Interra-Vision’s timelines.

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


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