What CVS is now planning in Wallingford is to keep the existing building in place, remodel the inside and make improvements to the outside to ‘restore its grandeur.’
CVS/Velmeir is NOT interested in a multi-story building with housing on top. They say this is per the wishes of the property owner, who I’m told is a longtime Wallingford family.
The building would continue to be 1 story, possibly with some extra height in a new portion of the building (the part in the middle of the current “u” shape). Besides restoring the building, they are talking about improving the bus stop area, greening the parking, and improving the general appeal of the corner/intersection.
For those trying to understand more about this project, Velmeir is the developer for the project in Wallingford, and also for the other two store sites in Queen Anne and West Seattle. CVS is the tenant who will occupy the buildings. I think Velmeir would lease the land from the owner.
They also have retained a local PR firm to help them “engage the community.” Clearly they’ve gotten the message that cookie-cutter stores don’t belong in our urban neighborhoods. The Wallingford project, like the Queen Anne one, is NOT required to be multi-story, despite recent legislation by the city council setting minimum density requirements in urban centers (because they were started before the legislation passed.)
In Queen Anne, despite making lots of nice improvements to the proposed building there, including making it two stories instead of one, Velmeir/CVS have declined to make the building any taller or put housing on top.
I’m curious what people think about this new path in Wallingford…? Would you:
- Be satisfied with keeping the building 1-story with some restoration and improvements (and having CVS there) or
- Push for a multi-story building with apartments on top, even if CVS is saying that option is off the table?
- Something else?
What does Wallingford want?