Walgreens Seeking to Locate in Beacon

While the long line of cars exiting the Beacon train station every evening is an annoyance at best to most, Walgreens sees green. The country’s largest drugstore retail chain is seeking to locate a store with a drive-through at the corner of Beekman and North Ave (9D), where Spire Studios is currently.

Initial plans called for an easement on City property, but when it became clear that the City was not likely to grant one, Walgreen Co. began pursuing other options. It is now seeking to purchase three residential properties on Lafayette Street to get the access needed for a drive-through operation.

The site that Walgreens is trying to develop falls within what the City’s Comprehensive Plan identifies as a transition zone. “This is a key area, a vital link from Main Street to the riverfront,” says council member at large George Mansfield. “It’s time-sensitive, because several properties in the immediate area already being developed into new businesses. We’re missing an opportunity.”  The City Council discussed a 9 month moratorium on any development within the transition zone at its workshop on Tuesday, May 31, and will likely vote on the matter at the public meeting on Monday, June 6.

9 Responses to Walgreens Seeking to Locate in Beacon
  1. Monica Roman Gagnier
    June 7, 2011 | 1:51 am

    I really hope that if the City Council lets Walgreens come into Beacon, it will take a firm line on signage. So many of the modern signs on Main Street really don’t fit in with the brick architecture of the town. My idea of a town that has done signage right is Warwick, N.Y. in Orange County, across the River. Also, practically any downtown in New England understands that signage can be done tastefully.

  2. Ben Royce
    June 7, 2011 | 12:47 pm


    yeah, Beacon needs to get a grip on what it wants to do between the train station and the foot of Main

    piecemeal transition to strip mall wasteland is just too depressing to contemplate

    thank you for posting this, thank you George Mansfield for noting the need for Beacon to get its act together here

    how did the vote go last night?

  3. Ed
    June 10, 2011 | 4:28 pm

    I am not sure this is the smart growth development that Beacon needs. If it was a whole foods or a Traders Joe’s I would say that’s smart growth for a progressive city like Beacon but a Walgreens?

  4. Steve Knowles
    June 19, 2011 | 5:25 am

    Beacon is one of the last places around where you don’t get the “suburban mall” impression when you drive down Main Street and most streets (the strip in the Dunkin Donuts area seems to be the exception). If Walgreens comes in, unless it is done in a way to “blend in”, then it will be an eyesore, and likely one step along the way toward ruining the atmosphere Beacon has achieved. Ironically, it was the depressed conditions of Main Street that kept it from becoming another suburban mall. Let’s hope the Walgreens project, if it goes through, will be done in a way to preserve that “old-fashioned small town” look/feel of Beacon.

  5. billy huston
    June 20, 2011 | 2:25 pm

    On a similar note, the drug store chain CVS is hoping to open up a store in the village of Ossining at the Chilimark Plaza on Pleasnatville Road. They would be taking over(among other shops)a long-time locally owned and operated pharmacy at that location (though this place is quite expensive). It will, of course, have a drive thru. Many locals are against it for the additional traffic, which is already busy enough there. The parking lot is poorly laid out, if you can imagine that. CVS already has a drive thru store, and quite a busy one, on the other side of town.

    One of big reasons that I resfuse to willfully shop at CVS is that they sell cigarettes. What an irony for an establishments that sells pills and medications for sick people to be selling cancer sticks. shame on them.

  6. Andy Brown
    June 29, 2011 | 1:44 pm

    Beacon needs more than just signage guidelines for any type of large building/development. They need design guidelines to ensure that these types of structures fit into the historic feeling of an old town. Like must have a red brick or clapboard exterior. Appropriate windows. And landscaping that hides parking lots!

  7. Donna Francis
    June 30, 2011 | 12:52 am

    We have 2 Drugs stores in Beacon. Five liquor stores, and one really lousy super market. How about a real grocery store, like a Hannafords, Whole Foods or a Trader Joe?

  8. stefanie
    July 14, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    I agree with Steve. At the other entrance to the train station on 9D there is a small strip of stores where the largest space seems to be empty. Why can’t Walgreens go there? And they want to purchase 3 residential properties, the very few historical ones that are close to the waterfront? Do we really need a chain drug store at the entrance to main street? Next comes Starbucks. Ugh. Beacon needs to get together a 20 year comprehensive plan, lay out with what should be where, and then stick to it. Not do things piece meal which could end up with disastrous results down the line.

  9. Michael G.
    October 14, 2011 | 3:26 am

    Don’t go for it! In the City of Newburgh our inept government went so far as to sell a piece of a state park- donated by the Delanos- to an Eckerd’s. When RiteAid bought out Eckerd’s they closed the store. Of course these ugly boxes are only designed for the intended drug store. If anything happens- like a buyout- you’ll have a large useless empty building at your most traveled intersection. Standalone cheap buildings like this are anathema to smart urban planning and can eventually signal blight even when none exists. If you have a local independent pharmacy, embrace it and patronize it. More money will stay within the community.

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