Walgreens seeks OK from council tonight
By Benjamin Graham, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
December 3, 2012
A Walgreens proposed for a prominent corner on West Broadway is up for approval tonight by the Jackson Town Council.
The 13,000-square-foot project, accompanied by a separate employee housing building, was unanimously approved Nov. 21 by the town planning commission.
But some commissioners worried the proposal wouldn’t fit the new comprehensive land-use plan’s vision for the western entry corridor into Jackson.
The plan allows large, dense, mixed-use development, but doesn’t have minimum size requirements.
Some commissioners wanted the employee housing incorporated into the Walgreens building as a second floor. A taller building would also help block from view the scarred cliff face at the back of the property, some said.
Others liked the project and said it was in line with the new plan.
Developers working on the Walgreens have said it already has a mix of uses.
With the Walgreens closer to the street, the building would help screen the cliff, said Arne Jorgensen of Hawtin Jorgensen Architects. Jorgensen was representing developers Bencor Inc. at the planning commission meeting.
The council will review the project at 6 p.m. in the town council chambers.