By now, most residents have seen the “CVS Pharmacy, Coming Soon” sign that sits near the corner of Germantown Road and Wisteria Drive.
Indeed, that corner will begin changing next month as demolition is scheduled for the existing buildings on that site in order to make room for the new CVS pharmacy that will rise in that location and open next June, according to the company.
There are currently three buildings in that cluster, two buildings closest to Germantown Road will be demolished. The building house Rita’s Ices will remain.
In March, the Montgomery County Planning Board approved the construction of a 13,225 square foot drug store to be built on the site.
The new CVS store will replace the current CVS store, which is located a few blocks across town at the Germantown Square Shopping Center at the corner of Wisteria Drive and Great Seneca Highway, which also houses the Lancaster County Dutch Market.
“We will relocate the current store to our new site when it opens,” said, senior director of communications for CVS Health, Mike DeAngelis. “All employees will transfer to the new location.”
While the look of the corner will change, vehicles will still access the parking lot to the new store from Wisteria Drive or Walter Johnson Road, which is just south of Germantown Road, according to the approved plans.
According to the Planning Board resolution approving the project pedestrian safety, which has been problematic at that intersection, will also be improved with the new construction.
“Pedestrian safety and access is enhanced by several improvements, including upgrading the existing five-foot sidewalks on Germantown Road and Wisteria Drive to ten-foot shared use paths along the frontages of the roadways. The lead-in sidewalk on Wisteria Drive will be moved south and located at the main vehicular access point that is still on Wisteria Drive,” according to the resolution.
“A new secondary pedestrian access from Germantown Road will be provided via stairs for easier and faster access to Germantown Road and the bus shelter. Both pedestrian crossings- are clearly marked with striped pavement leading to the building,” according to the resolution.
Some of the businesses that were located in the Germantown Center strip mall have found new locations within town.
Top: The sign currently near the corner of Germantown Road and Wisteria Drive. Photo by Germantown Pulse.
Next: An overhead view of the footprint of the new CVS Pharmacy from the Montgomery County Planning Board documents.
Next: An overhead view of the property how it is currently situated from the Montgomery County Planning Board documents. The two buildings nearest Germantown Road will be demolished beginning next month.
Next: An architect’s rendering of the Germantown Road facing side of the new CVS Pharmacy to be Germantown Road, from the Montgomery County Planning Board documents.