Despite most residents believing the proposed CVS Pharmacy at Ohio Street and Washington Avenue was dead, the store could make a comeback after two different actions Tuesday at the Common Council meeting.
First, Alderman Henry Perez attempted to introduce a reconsideration measure, according to a story in The Journal Times. Specifically, he wants the city council to reconsider its rezone denial, which was necessary for the new store to move forward.
But, because the discussion was not noticed on an agenda and wasn’t compelled by an alderperson who was on the winning side of the denial vote, the rest of the council could not legally address it.
In order for the council to reconsider the vote, either Jeff Coe, Mary Land, Melissa Lemke, Ray DeHahn, Dennis Wiser, Ron Hart or Jim Morgenroth would have to introduce the reconsideration.
Still, council members voted 8-6 against the Planning Commission’s recommendation to deny CVS a conditional use permit so the matter will return to the plan commission even though the rezone failure prevents CVS from doing anything at the Ohio and Washington site, the story continues.
The new store was planned at more than 13,000 square feet and 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.