Walgreens recently opened a new Boyle Heights drug store on Cesar Chavez Avenue near Soto Street on the site of the former Big Buy market. But apparently you can never have enough chain drug stores in the same neighborhood. Rival drug store chain CVS wants to open an outlet only about two blocks away as part of a proposed shopping center at the corner of Cesar Chaves and Matthew Street on property owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. But some residents and the East Los Angeles Community Corp., nonprofit agency and developer, say the neighborhood has enough drug stores and organized a protest last month, according to L.A. Streetsblog. What do they want instead?
Here, according Streetsblog are some alternatives suggested by residents :
Many of the residents expressed a need for a grocery store, and wanted areas that had recreational space, such as public benches and green space.
Last year, Metro’s Planning & Programming Committee recommended that the agency negotiate a development deal with JSM Construction and Polis Builders for the development of the nearly two-acre site into a shopping center with a CVS store, up to 7,000 square feet of additional food or retail space in addition to a 10 to 15 unit affordable apartment building.