A new, 13,000 square foot CVS Pharmacy at the corner of Ohio and Washington remains on hold because of a change of heart for two residents who have their names on a protest petition.

Mark A. Franklin and Sarah Franklin say they’ve changed their minds about the new CVS and no longer wish to have their names on the protest petition that forces the city to approve the project with the approval of at least three quarters of the Common Council, a story in The Journal Times reads.

A petition is classified as a protest petition when at least 20 percent of the residents living adjacent to a project object to it. Because the Franklins no longer wish to have their names on the petition, city staffers said they would like to review it to determine if the three-quarters benchmark must still be met, the story continues.

The new store would replace its current store a half-mile east at West and Washington and 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 is also buying at least three homes and leveling 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.

Alderpersons Henry Perez and Sandy Weidner voted against the delay, saying CVS has waiting long enough.

This final vote by the City Council is the last step in the process for CVS to build the new store.