Does Walgreens Belong At Former UBAA Tap Site?
Many Evanston and Skokie residents say they’re disappointed with the Skokie village board’s approval of a Walgreens at 9956 Crawford Ave., the former UBAA Tap site. What do you think?
After the Skokie village board approved construction of a Walgreens at 9956 Crawford Ave., the former UBAA Tap site, many readers say they’re unhappy with the proposed development.
The new store will be located just two blocks south of a CVS pharmacy and 12 blocks north of Walgreens’ “flagship” Skokie store. Development company Terraco, Inc., is overseeing the project, as well as the new Trader Joe’s going up in Evanston.
About a half a dozen Evanston and Skokie residents, who live near the now-vacant UBAA Tap, spoke out against the development prior to the board’s vote last week.
“It will be a behemoth among the current housing and will affect residential life,” neighbor Cindy Latin told the Skokie village board.
Weighing in on the new Walgreens in the comments section and on Facebook, many Patch readers were also unhappy with the proposal.
“Just what we need, another Walgreens, less than a mile from another Walgreens,” wrote Kathleen. “A restaurant would have been a better idea.”
“The developer is at fault for going for what presumably was fast, easier and probably more money in Walgreen’s—while claiming to do what was best for the community,” wrote David Zornig. “This is just development for the sake of development, Walgreen’s way of putting two stores on Crawford to match the two CVS already has.”
“There's a large CVS just a block away,” Anne Coulter posted on Facebook. “There must be 1,000 things that would make more sense — and be more welcome — in this location.”
Several people mourned the loss of UBAA Tap, but reader Michael Patrick said he believed that business, too, had drawn ire from some residents.
“FYI: check the zoning before you buy a home,” he wrote. “If you don’t want the problems of commercial development then don’t buy near commercial zoning. “