New Napa site found to accommodate Walgreens project

By Thomas Wilson
STAR STAFF
twilson@starhq.com

   An auto parts business moving to make way for a Walgreens drug store could be locating across the highway from its present Broad Street location.
   A site plan submitted to the city's Planning Department by the Appalachia Design Services engineering firm of Blountville calls for the Napa Auto Parts business at 212 Broad St. to relocate across the street to the 100 block. The site plan puts the new Napa store location on two adjacent property tracts where Shell & Associates, 119 Broad St., and a former used automobile dealership presently stand.
   Dempsey Shell, Sr. of Shell and Associates said Wednesday that the relocation of his real estate firm was "a possibility" if the developments fell into place. "If all this would go through, the store would go on this lot and (the used auto) lot," said Shell.
   The Walgreens development plan approved by the Elizabethton Regional Planning Commission earlier this year places the drug store on the corner of Broad Street and Lynn Avenue. The development took the property presently occupied by Napa as well as two residential properties lying along East C Street and Lynn Avenue.  
   "As part of the Walgreens project, the entire Napa store needed to be relocated so that property could be combined with the Walgreens development," said David Ornduff, city director of planning and development.
   The Planning Commission voted in January to rezone property at 213 East C St. from R-2 residential to B-2 business and close an alley between Broad Street and East C Street as part of the development. The Walgreens project developer, Ed Street of Johnson City, had indicated to Planning Commission members in February that the project was contingent on the closure of several options on properties.
   The Walgreens project initially came to the commission by Site, Inc., which proposed placing the drug store on the former North American Rayon Corp. property. The development was essentially scrapped when the planners approved a site plan that denied a new curb cut access point on West Elk Avenue for the drug store.
   The Planning Commission is expected to review the Napa site plan proposal at its May meeting, Ornduff said.