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December 12, 2011

Pulling into the Alameda Station

Filed under: Alameda, Business — Tags: , — Lauren Do @ 6:02 am

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.



  1. I think it would be good. I’m often on foot in the area and people often ask if there’s a drug store around. On Park it would be more visible and it will help upgrade that end of Park. I’d like to see some green space where CVS is now. It would be nice to have a more parklike area near City Hall. (at present, there’s no where to pitch a tent 😉 ).

    Comment by Denise Shelton — December 12, 2011 @ 6:48 am

  2. Do you always run around with a sheet over your head?

    Comment by Jack Richard — December 12, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

  3. who pays for the Park like area.??

    Comment by John P. — December 12, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

  4. As I recall, CVS was notoriosly non-civic minded in all the dealing that had to do with the theater and parking lot. There were numerous opportunities for them to partner up in ways that would have produced a better final product while also cutting costs, but they more or less said f-u to the City (I am admitedly vague on the details, but do recall then Mayor Johnson going off at length at one meeting about how they were the least community minded corporation in Alameda). Lets keep that in mind when they ask for any breaks. As for the “historic spanish style” that sounds suspiciously like the fake adobe structures that house a variety of drug stores and kfc’s along San Pablo Ave.

    Comment by notadave — December 12, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

  5. That plan sounds like a positive improvement to the neighborhood.

    Comment by Vicki Lapp — December 12, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

  6. My recollection was that the city was talking to Longs during the time they were working on the deal with CVS – so the timing wasn’t that great, but I think it’s a good move for them to be on Park St.

    Comment by Karen Bey — December 12, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

  7. notadave, I can’t recall if it was still Longs Drugs or CVS, but your right they offered no help. In fact they really hurt the original plan. Just looked at the site plans, and the good thing is that they have the Drive-thru on the site and not dumping onto the street.

    Comment by John P. — December 12, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

  8. CVS coming to the former Good Chevrolet property is not good news. They have been a weak addition to the Park Street area. I would like to see other businesses in the old Longs building but not if it means CVS at the corner of Tilden/Lincoln and Park…..

    Comment by Mike Cooper — December 12, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

  9. If I had my druthers, I’d run CVS totally out of this town.

    Comment by Jack Richard — December 12, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

  10. I don’t agree with Jack on much, but I do agree that we’d be better off without CVS. They are a truly awful company. Their stores are cramped & cluttered, with zero aesthetic appeal, run by rude managers and clueless employees (the one exception I’ve run into happens to be a holdover from the Longs era; most of the better Longs employees fled not long after the takeover. That’s a red flag right there). It would not be an upgrade for Park Street at all. Surely the corner of Lincoln & Park deserves something better than corporate-irresponsible, customer-privacy-ignoring, union-busting CVS.

    Comment by Kristen — December 12, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

  11. Denise Shelton, loved your zinger about pitching tents. 😀

    I am not crazy about CVS either, but I keep seeing comments by people who don’t like this and don’t want that and blah blah blah over their dead body. It’s so rare to see someone propose something positive, and workable. What, specifically, would be better than CVS, and how would you propose they set up shop in Alameda? I’d love to see more small independent businesses thrive in Alameda, but it seems to me that they’d already be here if they could afford it. The lack of real anchor stores really hurts this town’s economy.

    Please don’t regale us with “anything but…”. That’s pretty useless.

    Comment by Alana Dill — December 13, 2011 @ 12:40 am

  12. 11 question: “What, specifically, would be better than CVS,…?
    answer: Leaving the ice skate rink there or leaving the lot empty.

    Comment by Jack Richard — December 13, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    • The ice skate rink is seasonal and may not bring in enough money to break even. That remains to be seen.

      Seriously. Leaving the lot EMPTY? Do you want a park, or a parking lot, or… what? A tree farm? Take up the cement and create a back-to-nature open space? As is, it’s an eyesore leading to further decay.
      Here’s an interesting (if controversial) take on the idea of a well-kept environment decreasing street crime:

      Comment by Alana Dill — December 13, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

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    Hell, if the ice melts bring out the roller skates. Empty is an eyesore? CVS is the body of a whole city sore.

    Comment by Jack Richard — December 13, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

  14. Build a stage and have Sunday city orchestra recitals. Anything’s better than CVS.

    Comment by Jack Richard — December 13, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

  15. Whine, whine, whine. You’d think we’re citizens of Greenwich, Ct. CVS, Walgreens and the former Long’s utilize similar business models. CVS occupies the same footprint as Longs. (It was still Longs during the cinema/parking structure deal). Some employees were kept on board and others moved on. I don’t really think CVS will vacate the Santa Clara location, as Walgreens would be more than happy to step right in. Would that be an improvement? As for Chase, they do need a second location, but more central to the Park St. shopping district, say across from Starbucks.

    Comment by Basel — December 14, 2011 @ 10:41 am

  16. CVS sucks and so does their whine selection.

    Comment by Jack Richard — December 14, 2011 @ 11:25 am

  17. Don’t like CVS! However, Walgreens just dropped relationship with Anthem/Blue Cross (very bad news for me) so now ABC customers have no local 24 hour pharmacy and our choices are just CVS, Safeway or Target (not here yet).

    Walgreens is admirable for providing 24 hour pharmacy services and selling no alcohol. CVS is just another junky drug/liquor store right? Who needs that? And the stores are Ugly! don’t put that on Park St. Please. Roller rink would be fantastic! Or how about they build a real ice rink for year round use? We don’t have one.

    Comment by Mary McMuldren — December 14, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

  18. Observers of customers there will note that the downtown CVS serves as the only practical daily shopping option for many older, non-car owning residents. Very charitible of all you commenters to leave them high and dry. I guess they can just go skating.

    Comment by Rich S. — April 26, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

  19. Looks like their whine selection is improving.

    Comment by Jack Richard — April 26, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

  20. Any building at such a prominent location should be a least 3 stories tall. How about a CVS with office or residential space above? Any entrance must be a the front of the building park street. Those better be real windows which actually look into the store. Reduce the parking. eliminate the drive through. Alameda will get crushed if doesn’t implement a form based code asap.

    Comment by Vancouver Jones — August 19, 2012 @ 11:26 am

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