Between August 4 and August 9, 119 neighbors and business owners responded to a survey asking questions about the proposal to build a Walgreens drive-through Pharmacy on property formerly occupied by the Rose City Church of the Nazarene at Northeast 70th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. More than 80 responded immediately.
Of the 199 responding, a majority of 69 (59 percent) opposed any Walgreens at the site while a minority of 44 (38 percent) favored working with Walgreens to find a better fit for the neighborhood. There was a lone vote for backing Walgreens’ plan, and three respondents selected “other” options.
Most objections mentioned increasing traffic problems in the International Business District that an additional pharmacy might exacerbate, forcing more cars onto residential streets. Objections also included duplication of services another pharmacy would bring with pharmacies already dispensing at the Safeway store across the boulevard and Fairley’s Pharmacy two blocks to the east.