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Blighted I. Brown Bros. building coming down on site of new Walgreen's

Published 7:47 am, Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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  • Work has begun on the site of the former I. Brown Bros. furniture store at the corner of Kings Highway and Jennings Road. The property has been the subject of blight complaints for several years. A new Walgreen's will be built on the parcel. Photo: Genevieve Reilly / Fairfield Citizen

    Work has begun on the site of the former I. Brown Bros. furniture store at the corner of Kings Highway and Jennings Road. The property has been the subject of blight complaints for several years. A new Walgreen's will be built on the parcel.

    Photo: Genevieve Reilly

 

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Work has started to demolish and clear the Kings Highway property where the long-vacant and deteriorating I. Brown Bros. furniture store stands, paving the way for a new Walgreen's pharmacy.

The site at 460 Kings Highway has been on the town's list of blighted properties for several years.

New owners in 2008 received zoning approval to build a retail/commercial building on the parcel, but that project did not move forward at the time.

Last February, however, the Town Plan and Zoning Commission issued a certificate of compliance for the project, which encompasses four different properties -- in addition to the furniture store site, including two other empty commercial buildings and a three-family house.

The new structure will encompass 14,000 square feet, and have 69 parking spaces -- more than the 57 required by town zoning regulations. The parking will be located on the Jennings Road side of the Walgreen's building, which will also have a drive-up window for prescription pickups. When the new building is completed, it is expected that the pharmacy chain will close its store in the nearby Villa Avenue shopping center anchored by a Super Stop & Shop.