In the wake of reports of Walgreens' plan to flatten the Parkmoor Restaurant
and the South Side National Bank Tower ("Short Cuts," RFT
, Oct. 6), calls have been coming in faster than UFO sightings. A sample: Walgreens wants to locate at the corner of Sarah Street and Lindell Avenue, tearing down the St. Louis Housing Authority Building
; Walgreens had wanted to tear up the turf inside Fairgrounds Park
, with the support of Ald. Freeman Bosley Sr.
(D-3rd), but the city put a stop to that one. The Parkmoor, sadly, will close at the end of this month. Meanwhile, in the University City Loop
, on Delmar just east of Kingsland, word has it that Smith Hardware and the Craft Alliance have been tendered hard-to-refuse offers from the Drugstore That Ate America. But City Manager Frank Ollendorff
says U. City government would have "mixed feelings" about a big Walgreens in the trendy Loop. "We'd love to see a pharmacy, some sort of food and drug sales available in the Loop," says Ollendorff. "On the other hand, we're not especially excited about large chain stores moving into the Loop; that's not the kind of neighborhood it is." A few years ago, Walgreens wanted to go where Paul's Books used to be but dropped the idea when the liquor license was denied. Ollendorff is certain
that a Walgreens on the vacant U. City lot in the shadow of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel would be a bad idea. City moguls want a high-rise office or residential building, not a cheap place to buy Chia Pets.