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After a one-vote victory at the city Plan Commission meeting Wednesday, the proposed CVS Pharmacy for the corner of Ohio and Washington is headed back to the city council. Commissioners approved the project with a 3-2 vote, a story in The Journal Times reads, so now the Common Council will take another vote on whether or not to change Racine’s land use plan which will allow CVS to build their new store. Rev. Melvin Hargrove, Molly Hall and Vincent Esqueda cast approving votes, and Dennis Wiser and Tony Veranth voted “nay.” Mayor John Dickert was not present, and new Commissioner Tom Durkin abstained because he said the project pre-dated his tenure, the story continues. CVS Pharmacy wants to build a new, 13,000 square foot store at the corner of Ohio and Washington and would replace its current store a half-mile east at West and Washington. 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. Because the company plans to buy those residential parcels, those properties would have to be rezoned and the city’s comprehensive plan revised, changes that trigger a statutorily required public hearing. Commissioners voted 3-2 in April to deny CVS’ plan to build a 13,000 square foot store on the southeast corner of the intersection, but the City Common Council voted to send the project back to the commission to schedule a required public hearing. That took place June 16, and the matter returned to the Plan Commission Wednesday. If CVS is approved by the Common Council – perhaps as early as July 7 – American Coin will relocate to a building on Lathrop Avenue purchased by CVS. The bike shop closed earlier this month. City Assistant Director of City Development Matt Sadowski told the newspaper that because a protest petition was signed by enough residents in the vicinity of the new story, approval could require three-quarters of the Council.

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