Walgreens will work with communities

Maybe it’s the developer who doesn’t want to work with the community. Look at these beautiful ways to have a Walgreens in your neighborhood!  Don’t think for a minute that they did this because these neighborhoods are somehow more special than Eastwood. These neighborhoods are special only because they have design guidelines that prevent them from looking un-special. Let’s get that horse before the cart!

New Orleans Walgreens

San Juan Walgreens

Key West Walgreens

10 thoughts on “Walgreens will work with communities”

  1. There’s no maybe about it – this developer has little interest in working with the community in any real sense of the term.

  2. Have the developers been alerted to their gaffe concerning the yellow road markings at the Walgreen’s Grant Blvd exit? The exit is marked for two lanes. One with a right arrow and one with a left arrow. Problem is you can’t legally turn left onto Grant Blvd there as far as I know.

    That entrance/exit placement is a bad enough idea without having people turning left out of it.

  3. Enough already – let Walgreens open.All these Tattoo Parlors and Nail Salons are ok but a Walgreens that would give people a choice is stonewalled. One has to wonder what special interest the people here have in Rite Aid (stock holders ?) . Hey – if Walgreens fails maybe that building could be converted into a Tattoo/Massage Parlor – is that more Eastwood’s style?

  4. Some people are misinformed. If they think this Walgreen’s has taken a long time to open, they should consider that it took the developers three applications and the better part of two years to get project approval from the City. They should consider that it has taken the developers three and a half years since that project approval to finish the job.

    The developers have shown a difficulty with reading, understanding, following, or respecting public rules. That difficulty slowed things up, but there were apparently some kind of internal project delays as well. I don’t think people will have to wait much longer.

  5. Okay, here’s my “take” on the situation. I very well remember the first presentation by the developer where “demographic” “studies” were mentioned. It is not difficult to see that Eastwood, like many first ring suburbs, can be considered “in transition.” So, what good business sense requires is to anticipate a scenario of change. It is obvious that the type of Walgreens store we are looking at is considered to have a life of 15 years or so. It will be a landmark, but certainly never a tourist attraction. Its function is to distribute throw-away items for a transient population, as well as being a dispensing station of medications not only for the remaining resident elderly, but also to serve an increasingly perceived need for preventive, palliative, and remedial substances for the young.

    Of course, I will never know. At age 79 I don’t anticipate being around 15 years from now . . .



  6. That’s right Lonnie I have seen many Walgreens work with communities who have set quality design standards. The right developer will give comply with the character of the community not risk changing it. Why should Eastwood not have the very best especially with a community that cares so much about the neighborhood?

  7. According to channel 9, a compromise sign may be in the works, that’s closer at least.


    “We thank Mike Hayes and others who’ve e-mailed us about this. The city planning commission has rejected one sign the store wanted to put up. The developer is now proposing a different sign design, in hopes of striking a compromise and getting the store open.

    “Other than the sign dispute, the brand new store appears ready for the shelves to be stocked and the doors to open at the corner of James Street and Grant Boulevard. The planning commission said “no” to a monument sign with a LED message board.

    “Developer Guy Hart Junior tells us Walgreens is now proposing a “blade” sign. It would still have the electronic messages, but this sign would be attached perpendicular to the building, on James Street. It would be four feet tall and five feet, nine inches wide. Now, the ball is back in the planning commission’s court.”

  8. Why is Mr. Hart Jr. not getting it, any sign with electronic messages is at odds with the design guidelines, is a potential hazard at such a busy intersection and is, therefore, no compromise?

  9. JP re:the line markings: drove by the Walgreens site today and it looks like they indeed are reconfiguring the intersection, and looks like there will be a light allowing traffic out of the parking lot in any direction. Should be interesting to see how that plays out.

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