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Does Walgreen's have prescription for blighted Kings Highway site?

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The former I Brown Bros furniture store on Kings Highway is slated to become a Walgreen's.

A group of Kings Highway properties, long on the town's blighted property list, may soon see an upgrade.

In 2008, the Town Plan and Zoning Commission approved an application for a retail/commercial building at the shuttered I. Brown Bros. furniture store at 460 Kings Highway. As the building deteriorated, action on the project stalled. recently, however, plans to build a Walgreen's store on the parcel were filed with zoning officials.

Last week, the TPZ issued a certificate of compliance for the project, which will include four different properties -- three empty retail buildings and a three-family house -- in the redevelopment.

It is not clear whether the new Walgreen's will replace an existing outlet just around the corner in the Villa Avenue shopping complex that also houses a Super Stop & Shop store.

An application by Walgreen's several years ago to open another local store at the site of the former Stratfield Market was rejected after a prolonged zoning fight.

The Kings Highway building will encompass 14,000 square feet, and have 69 parking spaces -- more than the 57 required by zoning regulations. The parking will be on the Jennings Road side of the building, according to the plans. The structure also will include a drive-up window for prescription pickups.

The developer is listed in TPZ records as Fairfield Investor Associates LLC, which lists an address in Norwalk.

Genevieve Reilly

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