Representatives of Walgreens developer Peacock Lambert, LLC appeared at Tuesday's city council session to answer public concerns over an ordinance meant to facilitate the construction of a Walgreens store in Brazil.
The Common Council of the City of Brazil voted 3-0 to approve Ordinance 16-2006 on its second reading, allowing the retailer to absorb part of a public alley into the parking lot of a new store at National Avenue and Lambert Street. Representing Peacock Lambert, developer Michael Cox assured concerned citizens that the project will not impede access to residences in the store's vicinity.
"(The development) has been engineered and designed to allow free access," Cox said.
During a May 9 council meeting, Betty Monce, the owner of a residence at 524 E. Jackson St., complained to council members that Walgreens representatives had waffled on an oral commitment to purchase her house. Monce said she was concerned with both access and the proximity of power lines to her home.
Members of the Clay County Search and Rescue Unit, headquartered in the vicinity of the site of the future site of Walgreens, had wondered how the development would affect access to their garage.
"Our concern was basically the entrance and exit of our truck," said CCSR Lt. Eddie Hastings.
Though the retailer has opted not to purchase the Monce residence, Cox said the access issue has since been addressed.
"We met with Mrs. Monce and the S. and R. people before the meeting," he said. "They needed some information they didn't have, and we were able to provide that to them."
Hastings said he was satisfied with the developer's explanation.
"I'll take this back to our board of directors, but in my personal opinion, we've got it figured out," he said.
Construction of the store is slated to begin in mid-June, Cox said.