Boston fines 5 Walgreens for failure to clear sidewalks of snow

Snow piled and drifted at a Walgreens in Mattapan.
Patrick D. Rosso for the Globe
Snow piled and drifted at a Walgreens in Mattapan.

Boston has fined five ­Walgreens pharmacies across the city a total of $2,000 for failing to clear their sidewalks after the blizzard, officials said Thursday.

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

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


Under city ordinances, snow must be removed from sidewalks and curb ramps abutting businesses and residences no more than three hours after snowfall has ended. The paths must also be at least 42 inches wide.

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Failure to properly shovel can result in daily fines of $200 for commercial properties.

“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 the ­Inspectional Services Department. “It’s not fair, and it’s not legal to force people to walk in the street.”

While Boston took further steps toward normalcy on Thursday, the fines show that problem spots remain five days after the storm.

In a statement, the ­Walgreens 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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