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Walgreens gets OK from Planning Commission

Planning Commissioners approved a rezoning for a Walgreens proposed for the intersection of Cool Springs and White Oak roads.

Plans for the pharmacy have been discussed at many meetings. Commissioner James Schwartz had called for a meeting between neighbors and the Virginia Department of Transportation to discuss safety issues. VDOT instead met with the applicant and county representatives, which Schwartz said “left a bad taste in many residents’ mouths.”

A revised proffer calls for the applicant to put money into an escrow account to install a traffic light, if VDOT deems it necessary after a study. That’s estimated at $200,000. If VODT says the light is not needed, the funds would revert to the county for traffic improvements.

If approved by the board, Walgreens would be the fifth pharmacy in the area. Nearby, there is a CVS, Rite Aid, along with pharmacies in Giant and Walmart.

Now that the George Washington District is free of transportation impact fees, the developer will not have to pay what Supervisor Bob Thomas had called a high fee that could threaten the project.