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City of Racine development staffers are recommending the rejection of CVS Pharmacy’s proposal to move their West Racine store to the corner of Washington Avenue and Ohio Street.
They cited the city’s comprehensive plan to support their stance, saying that corner is more of a buffer between commercial and residential areas, The Journal Times is reporting.
“The way zoning was constructed, it’s always been treated as a buffer district between a residential and business area,” Matt Sadowski said. “This would just plunk a big chunk of (business zoning) next to those residential properties.”
He is the city’s principal planner and assistant director of city development.
Members of the City of Racine Planning Commission Wednesday pushed a decision back to January after company representatives submitted revised plans based on feedback they received in November.
Specifically, commissioners expressed concern over increased traffic at the busy intersection, and residents were worried about traffic, noise and decreasing property values if the store is approved.
City representatives have suggested alternative locations along Washington Avenue, but Cody Herbster of developer TM Crowley told the newspaper that CVS likes to be at a corner with stoplights and other sites don’t cut it.
CVS Pharmacy wants to build a new, 13,000 square foot store at Ohio and Washington to replace its current location at West Blvd. and Washington Avenue.
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.
If CVS is approved, the bike shop will also close, and American Coin will relocate to a building on Lathrop Avenue purchased by CVS.
The city Planning Commission meets at 4:15 Wednesday in Room 205 at City Hall, 730 Washington Ave.