It’s been quite a while since the whole hullaballoo over the the CVS going in to old Tully’s at the corner of Meridian and 45th Street.
So, how did that ever turn out?
Short story: CVS won, the project is continuing with a dreary design, scheduled completion date in mid-2015.
Slightly longer story: CVS started by presenting the Design Review Board with what was widely perceived as an ugly design, more befitting a suburban strip mall than our slightly crunchy, craftsman neighborhood. The board rejected the design, and when CVS returned with a second, slightly improved, but still dreary design, they rejected that as well.
CVS then took an end run around the board, resubmitting the second design as an “addition / renovation of an existing commercial building”, which is not subject to design review. Unburdened of pesky obstacles, the project is now scheduled to proceed as is.
Michael DeAngelis, a Director of Public Relations at CVS tells me “We hope to be under construction before the end of the year and open in the summer of 2015. We expect to be able to provide more detail later this fall.”
Queen Anne, we’re told, fared better. The Queen Anne Review writes:
We’ve been lucky on Queen Anne. Thanks to active residents and community groups like the Uptown Alliance and Queen Anne Community Council, the plans for the Queen Anne CVS were sent back to the drawing board. In addition to general design principles, the Uptown Framework provided additional guidance to ultimately create a building that fits into the neighborhood – and is more than just a one-story, one-use building.
The current design bySchemata Workshop is a big departure from the first, standard cookie-cutter CVS Pharmacy design. Instead, the Queen Anne CVS building is proposed as a three-story structure with 16,200 square feet of commercial use at street-level and 31 residential units above the first floor. A 62 stall below-grade parking will be accessed from an alley on the west side of the building.