By Tammy Grubb
An April 17 public hearing for a proposed CVS drug store at the corner of North Greensboro and Weaver streets in downtown Carrboro has been delayed indefinitely.
The Board of Aldermen agreed to the developer’s requested delay 6-1 Tuesday night, with Alderman Dan Coleman dissenting. The developer sought the delay after reducing parking and making some changes in the elevations and treatment of the building, Planning Director Trish McGuire said. Saff has only started to review the revisions, and the plan probably will return to the town's advisory boards before another public hearing is scheduled, she said.
The delay could take a couple of months, she said.
It is not uncommon for staff or advisory board comments to be incorporated into a project as a condition or an alternative, McGuire said. However, Town Attorney Mike Brough said the kind of changes CVS wants to make usually come at a more preliminary stage of the process.
Coleman asked about holding separate hearings on the conditional-use rezoning and the conditional-use plan. The town’s ordinance requires both to be held at the same time, McGuire said.
CVS wants to build a two-story, 24,600-square-foot building at 201 N. Greensboro St. that would include a retail store and pharmacy on the first floor and an additional office space on the second floor. CVS representative Leigh Polzella has said it previous meetings that the second-floor space could serve some type of community use.
In order for the conditional-use plan to move forward, the aldermen first must approve rezoning a house that CVS owns at 102 Center St. for
Alderman Sammy Slade suggested the changes and the delay might be partly triggered by neighbors’ recently filed protest petition, which requires three-quarters of the board to vote in favor of the rezoning. The conditional-use plan only requires a majority vote.