A new CVS Pharmacy will not get built at Ohio Street and Washington Avenue after the City Council voted 7-6 against the rezone necessary for the project to move forward.
Unless company representatives are interested in an alternative location, the bid to put up a new, 13,000 square foot store is effectively dead in the water, The Journal Times is reporting.
An attorney for CVS Pharmacy declined to talk to the newspaper after the meeting, but Alderman Henry Perez said residents in his district supported the new store/pharmacy, the story continues. One resident whose home would have been purchased by CVS and razed to make way for the building was heard after the meeting saying she hates the city.
The new store would have replaced its current store a half-mile east at West and Washington and that store would close.
CVS had an option to purchase the buildings housing Racine Cyclery, American Coin, the vacant building in between and the empty cash 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.
Because the company planned to buy those residential parcels, those properties had to be rezoned and the city’s comprehensive plan revised, changes that triggered a statutorily required public hearing.
But Monday night, the Common Council voted 7-6 to refuse the rezone. The newspaper did not have a breakdown of who voted for or against the project.