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Walgreens building should suit our area

Walgreens is planning to open a store on the old Jim Keil site in Grass Valley. It should give us a better project.

As has been said by many, we need another drugstore like we need the proverbial hole you-know-where, with Longs and Rite Aid and Raley’s, K-Mart and the many other drug departments in other stores, as well as Spring Hill.

But this is America, and with free trade (if it still exists), Walgreens can come in and run some of the others out. Being the biggest kid on the block, it probably will. But the least it can do is give us a better project than the big box Roseville-type of project it has planned.

Walgreens should follow the design guidelines outlined in the Enos Other Voices article. If Walgreens wants to be here 30 years from now, it must build a project suitable for Grass Valley and the 21st century. With oil at $100 a barrel and going up, the commuter store, the big box surrounded by a parking lot, is going the way of the dinosaurs. Mixed use – two story; businesses; offices and apartments (employees and seniors) with solar panels; pedestrian, bike and bus friendly, is the future.

Pat Wynne

Grass Valley

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