CARRBORO - The Board of Aldermen will hear the latest plans for a new CVS, along with residents’ objections, at a public hearing Tuesday night.
The revised site plan from developer Reddlands Inc. calls for a 24,590 square-foot two-story building with a 24-hour CVS on the first floor and office space on the second.
The latest plans differ slightly from those submitted last March.
The number of parking spaces has decreased from 65 to 61 and the Dumpsters have been moved from the corner of Weaver Street and Center Street to the Short Street parking lot.
The new plan also includes a partially enclosed park between the edge of the Short Street parking lot and Center Street, said Planning Director Trish McGuire.
McGuire said there are architectural differences in the new plan, such as changes to the building elevation and floor plan. The new plan also adds windows, lights fixtures and second-floor balconies.
The proposed 1.48 acre development covers six lots: 201 N. Greensboro St., 203 N. Greensboro St., 101 Short St., 105 Short St., 104 Center St., and 100 Weaver St., which all must be rezoned to conditional business use with the board’s approval.
CVS owns the properties at 201 N. Greensboro St., 100 Weaver St. and 104 Center St.Petition
McGuire said a protest petition against the rezoning, filed last March, has the required signatures but her staff is verifying the owners’ addresses.
The town’s Land Use Ordinance says a protest petition signed by owners of at least 5 percent of the property within 100 feet of a proposed rezoning increases the number of votes needed to approve the application from a simple majority to three-fourths’ majority.
This means six of the seven aldermen would need to vote for the rezoning for it to move forward.
Alderwoman Michelle Johnson, who lives at 109 Center St., said she signed the protest petition.
Mike DeAngelis, CVS public relations director, said the developers are aware of the petition.
“We have experienced some opposition to our plans prior to them being filed but we also appreciate support and input we’ve received from the community,” he said.
DeAngelis said Carrboro needs a bigger freestanding CVS because the store has outgrown its existing location in Carr Mill Mall.
“Freestanding stores can provide more convenient access that can better serve our customers,” he said.
He said the proposed CVS will have space for a MinuteClinic that offers vaccinations and physicals, which are not available at the current location. New plans
Last year, the developer delayed an April public hearing and submitted three alternative plan to residents and town staff in June.
The three alternatives reduced parking to between 47 and 61 spaces and moved the Dumpsters to the Short Street parking lot, which is where Dumpsters are in the current plans.
Only one of the three plans involved demolishing the CVS-owned house at 104 Center St. to make room for the partially enclosed park, which the latest plans also include.
Still, some residents don’t think the revised plan addresses their main objections.
Catherine Smith and her husband John, who have lived at 100 Evans Court for more than 25 years, said there needs to be more discussion about access to the store’s delivery door from Weaver Street.
The Smiths did not sign the protest petition, but sent a letter asking the aldermen to vote against the rezoning.
“Adding a big box store at that location with its kind of solid waste pickup and delivery routine would be intolerable in addition to what is already there,” Catherine Smith said.Protests
Last February, members from the groups Carrboro Commune and Occupy Chapel Hill-Carrboro took over the vacant building at 201 N. Greensboro St. to protest the proposed CVS.
After Mayor Mark Chilton asked the protesters to leave, police entered the building and threatened to arrest them. The protesters left.
In response to this occupation, CVS boarded up the building’s glass doors and windows and put up a chain-link fence.
The same group returned to the vacant building in March 2012 for a “Guerilla Gardening” event.
This time, demonstrators planted herbs along the fence and threw “seed bombs” made of clay, dirt and wildflower seeds onto the building’s lawn. One person was arrested for impeding traffic while chalking the street.
Since then, they have decorated the fence with flowers, protest signs and community artwork.