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Cedar Lane Walgreens Developer Seeks Public Input

Proposed pharmacy could replace Louie's and two other Cedar Lane properties. Public meeting scheduled for Thursday night.

The developer seeking to build a Walgreens on Cedar Lane will hold a public meeting Thursday night to share details of the project and gather community input, a representative said today. 

The pharmacy is planned in place of three adjacent properties, including the shuttered Louie's diner and a corner gas station at Cedar Lane and Elm Avenue. 

"We think we have an excellent application that will revitalize Cedar Lane," said Victor Herlinsky, an attorney representing the project. 

Plans call for the Walgreens to include a drive-through, and Herlinsky said additional details would be shared at the meeting. 

If built, Walgreens would become the third drug store in the immediate area. Another Walgreens store on Cedar Lane closed and is now a supermarket. 

"We've done the market analysis that shows this Walgreens can be successful," Herlinsky said. 

Some residents have balked at the prospect of a chain store replacing Louie's, a fixture in Teaneck for decades. The diner closed shortly after the historic Cedar Lane Cinemas shut down and left merchants worried about the future of the town's large shopping district. 

The Teaneck zoning board is set to hear the Walgreens application Feb. 21. 

"Before we go into the board we always like to have community input," Herlinsky told Patch. "I come to the approval process with an open ear." 

Thursday's meeting will be held at the Richard Rodda Community Center at 250 Colonial Court. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. 

Related Coverage: 

  • Pharmacy Could Replace Louie’s in Teaneck
  • Louie’s in Teaneck Closed ‘Indefinitely’
  • Landlord Hopes to Keep Theater on Cedar Lane

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John Santaella February 11, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Walgreen's will build on what are currently 3 store fronts. Wonderful, on the corner of Elm & Ugly.
Charelle Wilson Hanley February 13, 2013 at 01:32 AM
We need another pharmacy like a hole in the head. There was already a Walgreens where the Bravo is a few years ago. Doesn't anyone remember? It was terrible, dusty, poorly lit, old stock and it went out of business, Teaneck does NOT need another PAHRMACY! There was already a Mandee’s in the CVS complex that failed. Lots of businesses try to make a go of it in Teaneck. The Fast Food places that wanted to move in on Teaneck road and Cedar Lane got chased away. The corner there is ripe for a fast food business, but Teaneck's too good for a big fast food chain and afraid that the teenagers might congregate there and pose a problem. So great! There are McDonald's in Hackensack and Bergenfield that don't seem to pose problems PLUS they are places that teens can find employment. SO, back to Cedar Lane and the revolving failing businesses that come and go… I say that corner at the Sunoco station allows for a drive-in area so, bring in a Mc Donald's and get something that the families will be drawn to. Take a risk with the big boys and become a little opportunistic. The stores that are being mentioned above have been there before and failed. The formula is wrong. A large fast food restaurant can afford the rent; hire teenagers and older people; and bring in a cross section of teens and families and experience success and create energy and vibrancy in town that Cedar Lane needs!
Charelle Wilson Hanley February 13, 2013 at 01:36 AM
PHARMACY Please correct!
Charelle Wilson Hanley February 13, 2013 at 01:40 AM
We need another pharmacy like a hole in the head. There was already a Walgreens where the Bravo is a few years ago. Doesn't anyone remember? It was terrible, dusty, poorly lit, old stock and it went out of business, Teaneck does NOT need another PHARMACY! There was already a Mandee’s in the CVS complex that failed. Lots of businesses try to make a go of it in Teaneck. The fast food places that wanted to move in on Teaneck Road and State Street got chased away. The corner there is still empty and ripe for a fast food business, but Teaneck's too good for a big fast food chain and afraid that the teenagers might congregate there and pose a problem. So great! There are McDonald's in Hackensack and Bergenfield that don't seem to pose problems PLUS they are places that teens can find employment. SO, back to Cedar Lane and the revolving failing businesses that come and go… I say that corner at the Sunoco station allows for a drive-in area so, bring in a Mc Donald's and get something that the families will be drawn to. Take a risk with the big boys and become a little opportunistic. The stores that are being mentioned above have been there before and failed. The formula is wrong. A large fast food restaurant can afford the rent; hire teenagers and older people; bring in a cross section of teens and families and experience success and create energy and vibrancy in town that Cedar Lane needs!
ABL February 21, 2013 at 06:17 PM
i heard that the walgreens application is being heard tonight at the teaneck library AT 7pm.. We should go and get as many friends/neighbors to attend and protest to the board of adjustment against this terrible plan for cedar lane. i for one want NO VARIANCES given.

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