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A new CVS Pharmacy at the corner of Ohio Street and Washington Avenue is two steps closer to full approval.

The city planning commission Wednesday gave the nod to rezoning the southeast corner of the intersection, a story in The Journal Times reads, after the Common Council Tuesday voted 8-6 to change Racine’s comprehensive plan.

That approval sent the matter back to the plan commission for the rezoning consideration, which passed on a 3-1 vote.

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. That store would close.

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 had to be rezoned and the city’s comprehensive plan revised, changes that triggered a statutorily required public hearing.

The plan goes back to the city council now for a final vote, most likely on July 21, and an approval requires three-quarters of the council to say “yes” because 20 percent of nearby residents signed a petition objecting to the project.

Assuming council members approve the rezoning, the plan commission still has to approve CVS’ conditional use permit, the story continues.