While watching the Historic Advisory Board meeting at the end City Staff mentioned that the Good Chevy site — where the holiday ice rink is — the owners have submitted an application for demolition of the exisiting building. When I tweeted this info, Alameda Journal’s Peter Hegary tweeted back:
Which was definitely the first time I had heard about definitive plans for moving the CVS (previously Longs) to Park Street itself. There was some discussion during the Civic Center Vision Plan that CVS was interested in being located on Park Street itself, but most of the vision plan stuff was really just ideas and less about definitive plans. But I did check in with City staff about this.
According to City Staff there has been no formal application yet, but there are pre-submittal plans. I’m sure there is some nuanced difference between the two, but I’m too lazy right now to attempt to figure out what the official difference is. Although according to the application the tentative project title is “Alameda Station” and they are taking the architectural influence for the facade from the historic Spanish style — I believe they cited the Tucker’s building as one of their influences.
City Staff also mentioned that there has been no discussion of who the tenant will be, but according to the pre-application site plans there appears to be a drive thru of some sort anchored to the larger building which is indicative of the drive thru pharmacies you see nowadays. There is also interior floor plans and exterior exlevations, but those aren’t nearly as interesting as the site plans.
If CVS is in fact moving, the next interesting discussion will be around what will go into the space that CVS is vacating. Some of the Civic Center Vision plans included ground floor retail and more screens for the Alameda Theatre above that, there was also some discussion about a boutique hotel so a relocating CVS would definitely shake-up Park Street.