WATSONVILLE — The Watsonville City Council on Tuesday will consider selling a piece of property on Main Street to pave the way for a Walgreens drug store.
The 15,000-square-foot store will be located near the intersection of Riverside Drive and Main Street, across from American Fuels. The current buildings on the property are vacant, according to Kurt Overmeyer, economic development manager, and will be leveled once development begins.
The current parking lot for the Watsonville Police Department will be used for Walgreens, while the police department will receive a new parking lot located on the adjacent 222 Main St., which is now a dirt lot.
Development could start as soon as early 2014, Overmeyer said, although more factors will need to be addressed as time goes on.
"There are still a lot of t's to cross and i's to dot," he said.
Although a Walgreens store is already located on Freedom Boulevard, and two CVS Pharmacy stores are established on Main and Rodriguez streets, Overmeyer said it was the decision of the developer, Seven Hills Properties, and not the city, to construct another drug store.
According to a report by Overmeyer and Jan Davison, redevelopment and housing director, the new Walgreens is expected to generate $40,000 of new sales tax revenue, making it viable for the city.
"There's still plenty of business here for that," Overmeyer said.
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