Hurstville, together with Upper Hurstville and ARNA, met with Stirling Properties on Wednesday May 18. As reported earlier, Walgreens has decided to move from Tchop into the Magazine American Legion Hall. Stirling plans to close on the property by the end of June. They will start construction in 6-8 months.
While Stirling still likes the facade design displayed at the community meeting a few months ago, they understand that many do not. Keeping those neighborhood opinions in mind, Stirling is re-consulting architects Waggoner and Ball for a design more in keeping with the streetscape. One idea being considered is that the 90 foot facade be re-designed into three sections of 30 feet each to visually break the box up when viewed from the street.
Stirling remains committed to communicating with the neighborhoods involved as things progress, and planning additional community meetings as the need arises. When the new design is completed, Stirling will let us know.
Amid vocal opposition and threats of boycott from some residents but limited legal avenues to oppose the Walgreens, none of the neighborhoods have publicly taken a position either for or against the project. City Councilwoman Susan Guidry suggested in a letter to constituents Tuesday that the project appears on track from the city’s perspective:
Safety and Permits recently issued a letter to Stirling Properties confirming that no rezoning or variances are needed. Upon selecting a design and receiving permits from the City, construction will begin. When this building is returned to commerce, the parking spaces in the rear of the building will be more than adequate for Walgreen’s parking needs.