An architect for Bartell Drugs submitted plans for a feasibility study to the city’s Design Commission last week, for the site at 2885 78th Ave. SE. Image courtesy of Magellan Architects

Bartell Drugs studies site in Mercer Island Town Center

The Design Commission held a study session with an architect for Bartell Drugs on April 12 to help conduct a feasibility study for purchase of a property in downtown Mercer Island, at 2885 78th Ave. SE.

The property, owned by the King family, was previously under contract with Hines as the potential site of a mixed use development. It currently contains one building that is occupied by a few businesses, including King Insurance and Tiger Garden restaurant (formerly Seven Star).

At the meeting, Glenn Steiner of Magellan Architects presented four questions to the commission about the building facade, height modulation, pedestrian access and public parking. The commission focused on those questions, and not the overall design of the building and site.

If approved, the project could be one of the first to test the city’s new Town Center Development and Design Standards, which were developed after almost two years of public engagement and a moratorium on major downtown development.

According to the plans, the Bartell drug store and pharmacy will have a drive-thru and outdoor plaza area on the corner of Southeast 29th Street and 78th Avenue Southeast. The design shown on the plans may not comply with design standards, according to the commission’s agenda bill.

There are already two drug stores in the Town Center: Rite Aid and Walgreens. The companies announced a proposed merger in October 2015, which is currently under federal review. Up to 1,200 Rite Aid stores could be sold.

More in Business

Island Books hits 45-year mark

Store celebrated on Nov. 3 with cake and community.

Mercer Island’s Roanoke Inn receives first ever ‘legacy business’ award from the county

The Island’s oldest business received a 2018 John D. Spellman Award for historic preservation.

Mercer Island galleries debut new art at First Friday

Islanders enjoyed paintings, wine and conversation at the event.

Fall housing market shifts

Residential real estate snapshot for Mercer Island

Former Tully’s locations spring back to life

Following the coffee chain’s collapse earlier this year, other Eastside businesses are moving in.

Self-driving car conference on Sept. 19

Tickets can be found online at transpogroup.com/avconference.html

Mercer Island entrepreneur runs huge weed industry magazine

Greg James runs Marijuana Venture, the leading legal pot industry magazine in the country.

Island Treats opens downtown Mercer Island storefront

Ann Peterson’s business has moved beyond her kitchen garage and into a storefront.

CitySurf pop-up pool could open this summer on Eastside

A Sammamish couple hopes to break ground on a permanent indoor surf facility later this year.

Barrels wine bar set to open June 20 in Mercer Island

Joe and Tina Kennedy are hoping to open a new wine bar on the island soon.

Sound Publishing appoints new president and vice president

Josh O’Connor is the new president and publisher while Terry Ward is the new vice president.