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Basin Walgreens under fire

Developers may face a fight trying to build a Walgreens at 4575 N. Silver Springs Drive.

Kevin Deis hopes to convert the existing Blue Roof Market into a 15,000 square-foot pharmacy.

"My problems with this application are many," Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioner Claudia McMullin said.

New businesses must be similar in "scale and character" to the existing neighborhood, McMullin said.

"This is not," she said.

Deis wants Summit County to change the zoning for the Tesoro service station in the Snyderville Basin from rural residential to so-called community commercial, which could allow for the new Walgreens.

But Basin Planning Commissioner Julie Hooker Baker said she is nervous about allowing the pharmacy too close to Parley’s Park Elementary School.

"The community is going to have strong opinions about this," Hooker Baker said. "It would take a lot more to convince me."

Planning Commissioner Bassam Salem said he likely wouldn’t want the store in his Glenwild neighborhood.

"Honestly, I would struggle with it," Salem said.

According to McMullin, "there is a school 15 feet across the street, with little kids running across the street."

"I don’t think the street could handle it anyway," McMullin said. "It could, down the road be a car dealership It could be a campground."

But Deis said he doesn’t expect Walgreens to greatly increase traffic.

"I don’t think a pharmacy or any kind of retail business would be a threat to the children across the street," Deis said.

Walgreens was founded in 1901 and is the nation’s largest pharmacy chain, according to the company’s Web site. There are 32 Walgreens stores in Utah, the Web site states.


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