Surprise and disagreement from Roseway residents: reactions to a proposal to demolish the vacated Rose City Nazarene Church property at 7016 N.E. Sandy Blvd. to construct a Walgreens Pharmacy drive-through directly across the street from Rose City Safeway which contains a pharmacy and two blocks west of Fairley’s Pharmacy. The Roseway Neighborhood Association has a history of stepping up to counter and alter similar proposals made by the city and developers to make projects fit community scale. Examples include Wellington Park, Fred Meyer demolition and Safeway/apartment complex/offices construction and cell tower scale-down on Northeast 72nd Avenue.
Walgreens’ proposal first surfaced at the July 8 RNA meeting, spurring resident Caitlan Shelman to e-mail city officials to report how neighbors responded to the news, including “…the effect on Fairley’s, a responsible local business, adding traffic to an already congested intersection, idling cars near residential properties and the effect that large corporations have on driving away local businesses.”
Shelman went on to say that a movement against Walgreens’ proposal was gaining momentum “…among neighbors to prevent this project from happening.” Shelman said she wanted facts from the city about the property and urged officials to look at ways other than adding a seemingly superfluous pharmacy to the International Business District.
Roseway’s a neighborhood that, “…with a few more of the right businesses, could easily be a place where most errands are run on foot,” Shelman asserted, adding, “This (Walgreens) business proposal takes us away from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s stated goal of enhancing Portland’s livability, preserving distinctive places and planning for a resilient future.” Shelman also said she is waiting for city officials to response.