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Walgreens in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan cited by city for failure to clear sidewalks

Posted by Patrick Rosso  February 14, 2013 06:06 PM

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The Morton Street Walgreens’ un-shoveled sidewalk.

Boston has cited serveral Walgreens pharmacies for failing to clear their sidewalks following the weekend blizard.

At least five of the pharmacies across the city were fined, according to the city’s Code Enforcement Police, a division of the Inspectional Services Department.

“It’s critical that people clear the sidewalk because everyone has the right to get to and from their home and business,” said Bryan Glascock, acting commissioner for ISD. “It’s not fair, and it’s not legal to force people to walk in the street.”

Under city ordinances, snow must be removed from sidewalks and curb ramps abutting commercial and residential properties no more than three hours after snowfall has ended. The paths must also be at least 42-inches wide; failure to properly shovel can result in a $200 fine for commercial properties each day a sidewalk goes un-shoveled.

Two Walgreens in Roxbury, two in Dorchester, and one in Mattapan were cited, said Chris Stockbridge, a sergeant for the city’s Code Enforcement Police.

“Walgreens wasn’t doing their part," Stockbridge said.

A visit to Walgreens locations throughout the city Thursday afternoon found that many had shoveled their sidewalks, but the store on Morton Street in Mattapan was still impassable.

A store along Columbus Avenue in Roxbury and one on Bowdoin Street in Dorchester were also reported to have uncleared sidewalks Thursday afternoon.

At the Mattapan Walgreens, store manager Eddie Feliciano said the company's corporate office was sending people out to shovel.

In a statement, the company said cleanup efforts are ongoing.

"Due to the magnitude of the storm ... we had snow-removal crews working 24 hours during the weekend to clear our properties," the statement said."We’ve also brought equipment from out of state and are hauling snow off some store sites in order to clear parking lots and sidewalks. Our snow-removal efforts will continue until all properties in the area are cleared."

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