Church Hill abandons right of way to further Walgreens construction

Jeff Bobo • Jun 17, 2008 at 12:00 AM

CHURCH HILL — The Church Hill Board of Mayor and Aldermen agreed Tuesday to abandon a small section of public right of way adjacent to the old Mountaineer restaurant property to accommodate the construction of a new Walgreens drugstore drive-through.

The abandoned right of way was a portion of Clark Court and encompasses about 4,400 square feet, or about a quarter of an acre.

The property is needed to connect the former Mountaineer property with the Central Plaza Shopping Center to create an exit for the Walgreens drive-through.

Earlier this month, the Church Hill Planning Commission approved the concept plan for the new Walgreens store, which is designed to look similar to the 13,650-square-foot Walgreens store in Allandale.

Construction of the new Walgreens store is expected to begin around the middle of August.

City officials have been crunching numbers this month preparing the 2008-09 fiscal year budget.

Mayor Dennis Deal said following Tuesday’s BMA meeting that the town has really missed the sales tax revenue that was generated by the Mountaineer before it closed in April.

He added, however, that the sales tax revenue generated by the new Walgreens store when it opens is projected at three times as high as the Mountaineer’s.

In other news Tuesday the BMA:

•Agreed to make an offer to Freddie Alley to purchase slightly more than a half acre of property that separates the future site of the Church Hill Senior Center from Main Boulevard. Deal thanked Alley during the BMA meeting for his cooperation in selling the property to the city, although the actual price offered was not released.

The property will be used as a parking lot for the future Senior Center. The building is the former IGA grocery store and currently houses a public library at what was the front of the store and a community fitness center to the side.

What was the rear of the grocery store will become the front of the new Senior Center facing Main Boulevard where the parking lot access will be made. Completion of the Senior Center project is expected sometime early next year.

•Heard a report from Public Works Director Brent Roberson that the new community fitness center will hold its grand opening on Saturday, July 12, at 9 a.m.

The BMA also accepted the recommendation of the Personnel Committee to hire Bert Powell as manager of the fitness center at $14 per hour pending Powell’s certification to operate the equipment.

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