July 12, 2014
I spoke with the very pleasant Wards Corner Rite Aid store manager, Dan Lightfoot, about the complete remodel going on at his store at the northwest corner of Wards Corner.
The store was gutted on the inside and completely remodeled bringing it out of the old drugstore model and into the new wellness center model that pharmacies are going to these days.
The expanded wellness service will include a wellness ambassador who will be armed with an iPad and be able to assist customers on the sales floor with vitamin needs, drug interactions, herbal supplements, etc. The ambassador will have access to a printer to provide customers information on the products they are discussing.
Additionally, the remodel has allowed the pharmacy to become more accessible and expanded the organics options at the store. Dan touted the new store as a full immunization store that will begin offering flu shots in two weeks.
The outside of the store received a fresh coat of pain and the landscaping was updated as well. The parking lots will be resurfaced and repainted very soon.
The construction work is expected to be concluded by next week.
July 11, 2014
The below article is re-printed from the Suburban Acres Civic League newsletter, The Suburban.
Norfolk Collegiate School has applied to rezone residential lots it owns at 7307, 7309, 7311, 7315, 7317, and 7321 Woodfin Ave. from R-7 (single family) to IN-1 (institutional district).
The school plans to demolish the homes in order to expand and reorient athletic fields and tennis courts, making way for a new athletic building in the future.
Improvements include installing synthetic turf on the soccer/lacrosse/field hockey fields, and improved outdoor lighting. Collegiate officials say the lighting will be pointed downward, and will not be left on after events. The school does not plan any additional access points to the complex from Woodfin Ave.
The rezoning request is scheduled for a public hearing at the July 24th city Planning Commission meeting.
Headmaster Scott Kennedy and other Collegiate representatives will be at the July 14th Suburban Acres Civic League meeting to explain the project and show the school’s plans to the neighborhood.
The civic league previously endorsed the school’s request for the city to abandon a right of way on school property at the end of Midfield Street as part of this project. Abandonment of the right of way, originally planned as a traffic circle/turnaround, was sought due to the expense of installing synthetic turf over that area.