The final development plans for a 14,490-square-foot Walgreens pharmacy and retail store received approval from the Hudson City Council on Monday night.

The new all-brick building of the typical Walgreens design is to be constructed on the vacant lot immediately south of the Culver's restaurant on Carmichael Road.

John Kohler of Semper Development said construction would begin later this building season. The goal, he said, is to have the site preparation work done before fall.

District 1 Alderperson Randy Morrissette asked if traffic concerns were addressed in the planning for the store.

Mayor Alan Burchill said the Plan Commission and city staff spent considerable time studying traffic issues on that stretch of Carmichael Road. He said the conclusion was that the Walgreens store wouldn't significantly add to congestion.

Burchill said the store is expected to generate more of a "tickle" flow of cars coming and leaving.

Construction re-ignites

After a construction drought the past couple of summers, development appears to be heating up in Hudson.

In making his case for hiring temporary building inspection help, Building Inspector David Gray said he has already received permit applications for $10.6 million worth of construction this summer.

Gray said he expects more than $15 million worth of construction activity this year.

The long-delayed Comfort Suites hotel project in the Ban Tara commercial development on the east side of Carmichael south of I-94 is set to restart in a few weeks, Gray said.

The City Council scheduled a public hearing for 6:45 p.m. July 5 on an application from The RiverBank to rezone a 63.8-acre parcel at the southwest corner of Hwy. 35 and Hanley Road from general business district to light industrial.

Uline - the leading distributor of shipping, industrial and packaging materials to businesses throughout North America - is proposing to build a 600,000-square-foot distribution center on the property.