The Village has scheduled a ribbon-cutting for the newly rebuilt Walgreens store at North and Harlem Avenues. The new store, already open for business, replaces the older style Walgreens that began serving Elmwood Park in 1959.
“This is not only a new look for Walgreens, but the developer, Delko Construction Co., graciously created a new gateway into Elmwood Park,” said Village President Angelo “Skip” Saviano. “They built a new brick and stone masonry welcome sign with stainless steel lettering. They also replaced the sidewalk along the perimeter of the building. It looks great.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, in the parking lot of the new Walgreens store. Representatives from Walgreens, Delko and the Village will be on hand for the event.
Delko’s development of the location also includes a new First Merit Bank along with restoration of a previously vacant parcel of property. Delko acquired the properties just before the real estate crisis in 2008, but maintained its hope and vision for the project and is now seeing the fruits of its patience and hard work.
By redeveloping the site, Walgreens was able to create drive-through lanes, better access and more attractive features. The new facility has nearly 15,000 square feet of space, new sun shades and is more energy efficient than the older structure.
“The store and the pharmacy are open 24 hours a day,” said Trustee Jonathan Zivojnovic. “The old Walgreens did not have a drive-through, so this is extremely helpful to residents.”
The new Walgreens has a Home Health Care department featuring specialists to assist patients who need help with durable medical equipment and other needs. The store also features a “Well Experience” which offers immunizations, health tests and access to important medically related services.
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ELMWOOD PARK – The Elmwood Park Village Board has approved the purchase of residential property at 1615 North 75th Avenue with the intention of turning the property into a new public parking lot. The new lot would be adjacent to a parking lot that was constructed last year on 74th Court.
“This is a meaningful step to address the concerns of both residents and merchants in the area,” said Elmwood Park Village President Angelo “Skip” Saviano. “We know how important it is for residents in that area to have additional parking options, and we also wanted to add additional parking for our local thriving business community.”
The Village has negotiated the purchase of the property, but it will take some time before the Village takes possession of the land and can begin demolition. Construction of the new parking lot could be completed before the end of the 2016 construction season.
“We really believe this is a win-win for everyone,” said Village Trustee Alan Kaminski. “We know that parking is at a premium in many parts of the Village, and this is another important step in helping to meet that need.”
The expanded parking is being developed just north of Elmwood Park’s Restaurant Row which includes such establishments as Johnnie’s Beef, Spizzico Pizza, New Star and Cafe Cubano.