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Demolition Makes Way for Walgreen's in Thornwood

Demolition company owner George McGuire watched his crew tear down the old A&P building on Kensico Road last week, clearing the way for the construction of a Walgreens drug store."We'll cart all this away in no time," McGuire said as he sat in a lawn chair next to his truck observing his team. McGuire is a longtime Hawthorne resident and the owner of Capital Wrecking and Carting, based in Yonkers.The old supermarket building, at 35 Kensico Road , most recently housed doctors' offices. In addition to the construction of a new building to house the Walgreens, the project also call for a reconfigured parking lot and improvements to the intersection, such as running some of the utility cables there underground, according to project documents and Jacqui Koenig, secretary for the Town of Mount Pleasant Planning and Zoning Department .

"There are always pros and cons to a project, but there are a lot of improvements that will take place for this one," Koenig said. "And, speaking as a resident, this project is an improvement. That building had been vacant for about eight years."The property owner is Thornwood LDT LLC, which in turn is owned by Thomas Damiano of Bronxville . Damiano said finding the right tenant for the property took a while. DLC Management of Tarrytown took over the property about a year ago, according to the leasing agent, Alex Varon. DLC specializes in shopping centers and has operations throughout the eastern half of the United States.

In addition to the new Walgreens and other improvements, the other buildings on the property, which house a restaurant, deli and dry cleaner, will get facelifts. Wrecking company owner McGuire said as a resident of the area he believes the development will be good for the town.

"This area is trying to come back,” he said. “It's got potential.”

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