Editorial: Big changes are likely coming to a busy intersection
This week, on page 1A, we report on what may happen to a popular business here, Hastings Gift, Garden and Floral. The business, and others on the same block, are likely going to be closing sometime within the next six to nine months to make room for a CVS Pharmacy to come to town.
CVS has yet to come to the city with formal plans, but it is expected that they will do so soon.
In talking with the owner of Gift, Garden and Floral, Christine Schaffer, we learned of some interesting rumors that have been flying around.
Schaffer said she’s heard from several people that her land was taken by eminent domain. That is not what has happened.
Schaffer has agreed to sell her land for what we presume to be a fair price.
Now, on to another point: The City of Hastings isn’t looking to add pharmacies. The city didn’t approach CVS and ask them to build on Schaffer’s land. Rather, it was CVS that came forward as an interested party.
We heard from readers after a story came out a few weeks ago about CVS possibly coming to town that the last thing we need is another pharmacy.
CVS would obviously beg to differ, otherwise they wouldn’t be investing millions of dollars to build one here.
If you are disappointed that the block will be redeveloped into a pharmacy, then the only people you have to direct your disappointment to is CVS. The City of Hastings doesn’t have a hand in deciding which businesses come to Hastings.
Those decisions are made by developers, business people and corporations.
Believe us — we’d like to see a six-story building pop up there with a teen center, a bowling alley, a Buffalo Wild Wings, a Chick-fil-A and all the other things that have been suggested by our readers. That, though, doesn’t happen without someone putting their money where their mouth is.
In this case, CVS sees a need and, as it looks right now, they are moving forward. They are putting their money on the line to scoop up a bunch of property right in the middle of our city to build a pharmacy.
If you don’t like that, the only thing you can do is show up to the meetings that are sure to come at City Hall.