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Walgreens pressing for added turn lane

October 16, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

No turning lane, no drug store.

Walgreens Drug Stores is reportedly threatening to cancel its plans to build a 14,490 square-foot drug store at the northwest intersection of Imperial Avenue and Main Street unless the El Centro City Council changes its position on a turn lane.

The City Council on July 18 approved a conditional-use permit for the store, but on a split vote, decided to not allow traffic leaving the northeast corner of the parcel to turn left, or north, onto Imperial. The parcel would have exits onto Imperial from the northeast corner and the southwest corner, with the latter being almost at the intersection. A third exit would be onto Main.

The council meets in open session at 6:30 p.m., and the Walgreens public hearing is tentatively set for 7.

Representatives of Glendale-based Evergreen Devco Inc., the developer, are expected to personally appeal the council's decision at Wednesday's City Council meeting.


"Since the City Council's decision on July 18th to prohibit any full turning drives for the site, Walgreens has exercised its rights to cancel the project," states a Sept. 24 letter from Evergreen to the city of El Centro. "At this time, the only remaining option to prevent the termination of this project is for the City Council to reconsider their decision of July 18 and allow a full turning driveway at the northeast corner of the site."

The letter goes on to state Walgreens has granted an extension to the project until Oct. 19, two days after the council meets.

The new drug store would replace The Four Seasons Buffet & Grill.

In other business, the council:

· will be given an update on city actions taken and pending to implement a critique of the city's development review and application processes by the El Centro Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.

· will conduct a public hearing to consider the creation of a tentative subdivision map of 24 single-family residential lots in the western part of the city on about 4 acres. The hearing is set for about 7:20. The development would be on the east side of 23rd Street between Orange and Olive avenues. The city's Planning Commission approved the map, with conditions.

· will consider changes to the city's travel policy.

· will consider formal acceptance of the $1.29 million federal Economic Development Administration grant for building a business industrial incubator. The total project cost is $1.79 million. The city must come up with the remaining $500,000 and has 18 months to build the facility.

· will be presented with a $200,000 check from the county's Air Pollution Control Office for use on the so-called La Brucherie greenbelt project.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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