Members of the City of Racine Planning Commission will talk Wednesday about whether or not to schedule a new public hearing related to rezoning several properties at Ohio Street and Washington Avenue to potentially make way for a new CVS Pharmacy.
After being rejected last August, Alderman Henry Perez introduced a reconsideration measure, but it was defeated Sept. 1 with the 8-7 vote in which Mayor John Dickert cast the tie-breaker, saying approval would have set “a dangerous precedent.”
But on March 1, alderpersons in a Committee of the Whole meeting voted to rescind its rejection and sent the matter to the full Common Council where members voted 7-6 to send the matter back to the Planning Commission.
CVS had an option to buy the buildings housing Racine Cyclery, American Coin, the vacant building in between and the empty check cashing store next door to Racine Cyclery. The store also was going to buy at least three homes and level it all to make way for the new pharmacy and parking lot.
Now, commissioners will set the required public hearing to rezone all seven properties into one community shopping district so residents in the area can express why they do or don’t support the project. Then, commissioners will vote again to either recommend approval or not to the city council, and the full Common Council will once again vote the project up or down.
The city Planning Commission meets at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday in Room 205 at City Hall, 730 Washington Avenue. Call (262) 636-9151.