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CVS Has Its Ribbon Cutting

July 27, 2010

Today, starting shortly after 3:30 p.m., the new CVS at Georgia and New Hampshire Avenues finally had its official Ribbon Cutting. Mayor Fenty, Councilmembers Graham and Bowser, Deputy Mayor Santos, and a representative of CVS all spoke about the importance of this development to the future of a revitalized Georgia Avenue in the Park View and Petworth area. Santos specifically mentioned that about $2M of Great Streets money was used to assist in making this project a reality.

You can read the press release from the Mayor’s office here, and see some photos from the event below:

The Mayor and Councilmembers lead the ribbon cutting

Mayor Fenty getting the show started by addressing those assembled

Mayor Fenty examining the new CVS (and shopping too)

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District Celebrates the Opening of New Georgia Avenue CVS

July 26, 2010

The official announcement for the ribbon cutting is finally here. See below:

District Celebrates the Opening of New Georgia Avenue CVS

WHAT: Mayor Fenty to join city officials, community members and CVS representatives in a ribbon cutting celebration for the new CVS store on Georgia Avenue near Petworth, Parkview [sic] and Pleasant Plains.

WHO: Mayor Adrian M. Fenty
Councilmember Jim Graham
Councilmember Muriel Bowser
Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) Valerie Santos

WHEN: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 (3:30pm)

WHERE: CVS — New Hampshire and Georgia Ave, NW

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CVS Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for Sunday!

July 20, 2010

The Park View CVS, finally opening

I’ve finally received confirmation that the ribbon cutting for the CVS at Georgia and New Hampshire Avenues is currently on Mayor Fenty’s schedule for Sunday, July 25, 2010, between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. You can count on Councilmember Graham and representatives from CVS and LaKritz/Adler to also be there. I presume that Councilmember Bowser would also be in attendance to round out the representation.

I’ll post an update if the schedule (date/time) changes. Share

Park View CVS Aiming for Sunday Opening

July 19, 2010

The CVS located at Georgia and New Hampshire Avenues looks like things are finally all set to go.

The unofficial word is that they are shooting for opening this Sunday, July 25th. If this is, in fact, the case, that puts this project at 8 months and 13 days from groundbreaking to completion.

It also will mark the return of a drug store to this location after close to 40 years. Starting in 1922, this site once housed a Peoples Drug.

Details about the opening are still forthcoming.

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Landscaping Installed at Park View CVS

July 6, 2010

Oaks have been planted along Georgia Avenue

As CVS pushes to open by the end of the July, landscaping has finally started to appear. Most importantly is trees.

Along Georgia Avenue, four oaks have been planted along the street. It looks like there is room for a tree or two to be planted along New Hampshire too, but that hasn’t happened yet.

In addition to the trees, liriope and barberry appear to be among the other ground covers planted so far.

Beyond the landscaping a new bus stop has been installed and the structures along Princeton Place that house the dumpsters have also turned out rather nice.

You can see more images of the plantings and structures after the jump. (more…)

Will CVS Be a Beacon in the Evening?

June 30, 2010

All lit up, the new CVS will definitely be a presence on Georgia Avenue

Since November 12, 2009, I’ve been watching the new CVS at Georgia and New Hampshire Avenues rise with interest. Yet it was not until one night last week that I realize that one of the most significant impacts this building will have on the neighborhood will be at night. I hadn’t even considered the possibility of light pollution.

As you can see from the photographs here, the major area impacted by the illumination of CVS at night is along Georgia Avenue. The more residential New Hampshire Avenue facade of the building has smaller windows and, as a result, less light bleeding outside of the building.

While the definition of light pollution varies a little depending upon where you find it, one definition used by the National Park Service is: Principally, the illumination of the night sky caused by artificial light sources, decreasing the visibility of stars and other natural sky phenomena. Also includes other incidental or obtrusive aspects of outdoor lighting such as glare, trespass into areas not needing lighting, use in areas where or at times when lighting is not needed, and disturbance of the natural nighttime landscape.

The nighttime presence of CVS in contrast to the largely dark Park Place development to the north

In using the NPS definition it’s safe to say that there is some light pollution occurring. However, most of the nighttime illumination spilling from the CVS could actually be considered beneficial by some since it will help light the sidewalk area.

When all is taken into account, the reality is that this new addition to Georgia Avenue looks as lit up as it is mainly because nothing else around it is lit up at all. The businesses across Georgia Avenue barely cast off any evening light, the retail spaces at the Park Place development are mostly empty with the exception being a restaurant having low lighting, and the Metro station and streets rely on traditional street lighting. Likewise, the buildings directly to the south are also largely dark in the evening.

When taking the number and types of businesses surrounding  the CVS into account, and factoring in the slow speed of development along Georgia Avenue, it’s a good bet that the closest neighbors CVS will have that rival its luminosity (such as the Safeway at 3830 Georgia) will be a minimum of two blocks away for many years to come.

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CVS Opening Change and Progress Report

June 22, 2010

In May of this year, representatives from CVS visited Park View to meet with the community. At that meeting it was announced that they were shooting to open the store by July 4th. At that meeting the community was also informed about the store’s hours of operation.

While the development has been moving along quickly, it has not kept pace for the July 4th opening date. Current estimates have the store opening by the end of July.

The fence along Georgia Avenue has come down

Still, the site is starting to look less and less like a construction site. The most noticeable recent development is the removal of the chain link fencing and jersey barriers along the Georgia Avenue side of the property. The sidewalks are now installed and permeable pavers exist in the easement between the sidewalk and street. Though the sidewalk is on the narrow side, tree boxes have also been included.

proposed-park-view-cvsWe first saw trees proposed for the Georgia Avenue side of the property in the rendering (at right) for the project before ground was broken last November. Once construction was underway, the width of the sidewalk seemed at times to be too narrow to support trees. As you can see from the images below, however, trees do seem to be planned.

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