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Whether or not CVS Pharmacy builds a new, 13,000 square foot store at Ohio and Washington could be decided next month.
Members of the City of Racine Planning Commission Wednesday pushed a decision back to at least January after company representatives submitted revised plans based on feedback they received in November, a story in The Journal Times reads.
Specifically, commissioners expressed concern over increased traffic at the busy intersection, and residents were worried about traffic, noise and decreasing property values if the store is approved.
Mayor John Dickert and Assistant Director of City Development Matt Sadowski told the newspaper that CVS Attorney Richard Donner delivered plans that don’t adequately address the traffic concerns for both entrances and exits on both Ohio and Washington or how close the store would be to homes.
Approval of CVS’ plans would require altering the city’s comprehensive plan, which, the pair said, is highly unlikely because of several other locations along Washington Avenue they feel are more appropriate, the story continues.
CVS has 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 would also need to buy at least three homes and level it all to make way for the new pharmacy and parking lot.
If CVS is approved, the current pharmacy location at West and Washington will close. The bike shop will also close, and American Coin will relocate to a building on Lathrop Avenue purchased by CVS.
The Racine Planning Commission meets again Jan. 14.