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Council greenlights Walgreens

Collin Smith

— Walgreens, and its development partner, Bencor, had an important night at the Craig City Council meeting Tuesday.

City Council members voted unanimously to approve the Walgreens site plans, or specific construction plans, and later unanimously approved a rezoning ordinance enabling Walgreens to build across four lots it purchased through Bencor at the corner of Victory Way and Green Street.

The site plans and rezoning request first saw city government approval at the Craig Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Aug. 20. Planning and Zoning also approved both measures unanimously.

In the plans seen by Planning and Zoning, Walgreens pledges to landscape 28,411 square feet, or four times the landscaping required under city codes, Community Development Director Dave Costa wrote in a recommendation letter to the council.

Costa wrote that the plans also provide more than the required amount of parking and a city-requested bicycle rack. Certain aesthetic concerns raised by the city also have been addressed and adopted in the site plans.

The exterior of the building is planned to be a combination of stone, split-face block and brick. The north, east and west sides will be accented with metal roof panels to give additional contrast, according to Costa’s letter.

The building will have additional vertical pilasters and slightly protruding columns every 50 feet, as per the city’s request, Mayor Don Jones said.

“I was very pleased about the site plan for the Walgreens,” Costa said at Tuesday’s council meeting. “That building will look good with those vertical pilasters.”

Jones said he also was enthused by the company’s plans.

“Walgreens : (has a) great design that will look great for this community,” the mayor said. “I thank Walgreens : for their hard work.”

The council held a public hearing to hear testimony from the audience before debating the issue among themselves.

Bruce Walkowski, a representative for Bencor, presented the case for rezoning.

He told the council that Walgreens had to rezone one of the four lots that make up the building site from light industrial to community commercial for their business to pass city code.

Walgreens is happy to be a part of the business upswing in Craig, Walkowski said.

“We are very excited to be a part of the economic growth here in Craig,” Walkowski said.

The only testimony heard from a resident was in favor of allowing Walgreens to rezone and begin construction.

Cindy Looper, who owns the Elk Run Inn across Victory Way from the Walgreens site, is just happy the decrepit buildings that used to be there are demolished.

“It looks better now just as dirt,” Looper said. “I highly recommend you approve their plans.”

Jones agreed, saying the construction site looks the best it has in 20 years, and he looks forward to having a new, viable business there to benefit the community.

Collin Smith can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or

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