Demolition of the old Germantown Center strip mall on the corner of Germantown Road and Wisteria Drive to make way for a new CVS Pharmacy, which is to be built on that location.
There were currently three buildings in that cluster, two buildings closest to Germantown Road are in the processes of being razed. The building which houses Rita’s Ices and SN Beer and Wine will remain.
As of the morning of March 31, the demolition crew had already taken down two-thirds of the buildings which are going to be destroyed, just portions of the L-shaped building stretching toward Walter Johnson Road were left standing Thursday morning.
The demolition work was originally slated to begin in December, but while protective fencing has been up for months, the buildings only began coming down this week. The new CVS was supposed to open in June, but it would seem that the delay in demolition would push back that schedule a few months.
In March of 2015, 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 will replace the current CVS, 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.
“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.
Top: Demolition crews are working to take down the buildings at the corner of Germantown Road and Wisteria Drive to make way for a new CVS Pharmacy, which is scheduled to open later this year.
Next: The notice of demolition which had been posted on the property.
Next: An overhead view of the footprint of the new CVS Pharmacy from the Montgomery County Planning Board documents. Courtesy Montgomery County Planning Board.
Photos by Germantown Pulse