Historic Wallingford wall could be replaced with CVS pharmacy

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by ADAM MERTZ / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 7, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 8 at 12:38 PM

SEATTLE - A proposed plan to tear down an 84-year-old building in Seattle’s Wallingford and replace it with a retail pharmacy has some residents concerned about the historic look of the neighborhood.

Local businesses and residents are keeping a close eye on a proposal to demolish the building located at the corner of North 45th Street and Meridian Avenue. Some are worried that a new building might not fit in with the area's historic look.

"For the look of the neighborhood it is important to maintain an old look of the city," local business owner Al Forzani said.

The plan for the pharmacy was unveiled at a community meeting earlier this week. The initial proposal included three different building designs.

Any new building in the Wallingford neighborhood is required to have similar features to the existing buildings, according to the Seattle Department of Planning and Development.

"We do have some neighborhood specific design guidelines that projects have to follow and it gets at the neighborhood character and key gateway locations in the neighborhood," spokesperson Bryan Stevens said.

The proposal is still in the initial stages and it could take eight months before the city makes a final decision. Stevens added that he has heard interest from the community for a taller mixed-use building at this location.

Signs in the area indicate that the new building could be a CVS pharmacy. A spokesperson with the company would not comment on any future plans in Seattle.
 

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