The current Sbarro gas station on the corner of Darby and East Eagle Road is set to be demolished and replaced by a 6,800-square-foot drive-thru Walgreens store. Blackwater Falls Trust plans to lease its .6-acre Haverford property to Walgreen Eastern Company, who appeared before the Zoning Hearing Board last week to request construction variances.
Among the variances sought were those from provisions concerning drive-thru use, parking, intersection visibility, and signage. The Main Line Times says William Owen, design manager at Robert Blue Consulting Engineers, mentioned the new store would include 30 parking spaces as opposed to 35. More details from MLT:
…After preliminary discussions with township officials, Walgreens agreed to construct a smaller store than typical store, surrounded by pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, grass strips between curb and sidewalk, street trees, screen hedges, decorative fencing, benches, trash cans, township standard street lights and crosswalks.
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