LIVERMORE — A popular, 17-year-old auto service business will be replaced with a Walgreens store at the gateway to downtown Livermore.
Planning commissioners on Tuesday narrowly approved plans to build a almost 16,000-square-foot Walgreens with a drive-through pharmacy and an accompanying 1,200-square-foot pad to accommodate a future building at the South P and First streets site — a prominent corner in the “gateway district” of the downtown.
Commissioner Neal Pann was the sole dissenter in the 2-1 vote. Commissioners Michal Lea and Bob Woerner were absent.
The project will result in the demolition of two existing buildings — one at 60 S. P St. which housed Hollywood Video before it went out of business, and another at 1682 First St. that has been home to Tire Mart since 1994.
Both buildings are privately owned.
News that his landlord planned to sell to Walnut Creek-developer Broman Development came as a shock to Tire Mart owner Kevin Peterson, who stated he learned of the plans about a month-and-a-half ago. Peterson stated he is unsure of the future of his business.
“I cannot really blame the planning commission. … I’ve been trying to find a new location in town, but there is not a whole lot (of options),” he said.
Peterson, a Tracy resident who grew up in Livermore, added, “It’s sad. A lot of people want to see me stay.”
The commission’s approval came with a long list of restrictions on facade details, windows,
elevations, lighting, landscaping, signage and other elements of the plan — conditions intended to fit the architectural guidelines in Livermore’s Downtown Specific Plan, officials said.
Pann stated he supported the overall project, but thought its parking design was out of sync with the downtown plan, which prohibits parking lots from fronting First Street or occupying corner parcels.
The project will place the two proposed buildings at the street corners, with parking located between and behind them. A brick and wrought-iron fence will be used to separate the new lot from the corner and screen views of parking from First Street.
Jeanine Benca covers Livermore. Contact her at 925-847-2125.
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