The proposed CVS Pharmacy at Ohio Street and Washington Avenue could get one last chance at moving forward.
Alderman Jim Kaplan’s request to have the matter sent back to the Committee of the Whole was approved by the City Council last week, a story in The Journal Times reads, but when the committee will actually take up the measure is up in the air.
Council President Dennis Wiser told the newspaper he wasn’t sure when the Committee of the Whole would have time since the list of items the group needs to take up is long.
“We are kind of backlogged,” he is quoted as saying. “We don’t really have a date set yet.”
CVS wanted to build a 13,000-square foot store at the southeast corner of Ohio Street and Washington Avenue. A new CVS 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.
In order to move forward with the project, the Common Council would have had to approve rezoning the parcels to a commercial designation. Several alderpersons opposed the change because the area is supposed to be a buffer zone between the commercial corridor on the west side of the intersection and the residential neighborhoods of Manree Park and West Racine to the east.
After an August 3 vote denying the necessary rezone request, 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.
Kaplan left that meeting before the vote because he was feeling ill, and he questioned the legality of the vote, even filing a complaint with the Racine County District Attorney’s office. But, District Attorney Rich Chiapete told the newspaper last week that investigators from the Sheriff’s department determined the meeting was conducted appropriately.
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