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What kind of signage do WE want?

Although we were assured in 2005 that there would be no scrolling LED sign at the Walgreens that now graces the gateway to our “village,” this type of sign is likely to rear its ugly head again. If you care about what kind of “look and feel” our traditional village streetscape has, you may want to attend the public hearing (details below).

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Mixed-use Walgreens is built in Seattle

From this, December 6, 2005…

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…to this, March 29, 2007:
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Pictures care of Capitol Hill Housing

I’m handing this posting over to Mike Stanton of the Preservation Association of Central New York. He sent me the following. Note the dates of construction. This was all going on while we were being told that Walgreens would not entertain building anything other than the standard suburban model we were fighting. We’re thrilled to see Walgreens has learned how to build for an urban environment.

Mike writes:

In 2004 Walgreens made a proposal to build their standard store at a busy Seattle intersection: a large, single-story, stand-alone building with surface parking. The neighborhood was appalled.

What opened for business last month, to city-wide acclaim, was a far cry from Walgreens original proposal. The five-story Broadway Crossings, the first of its kind in the country, is a joint project between Walgreens and Capital Hill Housing. There is a 12,000-square-foot Walgreens store on the first floor, two levels of underground parking below and 44 subsidized housing units in the four stories above. Nine of the units are designated for households transitioning from homelessness; 22 go to families making up to 30 percent of the county’s median income; 11 to those making up to 40 percent; and 11 to those making up to 60 percent. It is also a green building incorporating more than 50 sustainable features including windows and carpets that meet strict environmental standards.

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