Plans for Carrboro drugstore draw complaints

February 9, 2012 4:28:24 AM PST
Dozens of people showed up at a meeting with developers at Carrboro Town Hall Wednesday evening to hear more about a plan to turn an empty building into a two-story CVS drug store.

Last weekend, protesters took over the empty bank building on Greensboro Street. Police kicked them out and no arrests were made.

Now, developers said a fence is going up.

"In light of this weekend's events, we are re-securing the property ASAP," said developer Leigh Polzella.

In a statement, CVS said: "While we are aware that some are opposed to our project, we've also received support from the community and we look forward to continue providing pharmacy service to our Carrboro customers at our new location."

It's the fourth community meeting with developers. Proposed plans call for a CVS store on the lower level, and what could be leased-out office space on the second floor. It wants to relocate from a current smaller store nearby.

Developers say it would include rain gardens, low-flow toilets, and low energy light bulbs. However, that wasn't enough to convince everyone to allow the building.

"I would like to invite CVS to retain the possibility that you all should take a loss and return this property to community control," urged Carrboro resident Maria Roan.

Others at the meeting said they were there to talk about the design of the building.

"If you all have a problem with CVS being there, go fight the zoning issue, and come to a zoning public hearing and do it there," said Carrboro resident Jackie Tanner.

Some at the meeting also spoke out about traffic concerns, and the potential environmental effects of construction. There were also some suggestions for a library in the building.

The next public meeting on the plans will be with the town advisory board March 1.The next public meeting on the plans will be with the town advisory board March 1.

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