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Carrboro aldermen may hold CVS hearing tonight despite request to postpone

It looks like the Carrboro Board of Aldermen may proceed with tonight's public hearing on the CVS rezoning, despite the developer's request for another delay.

"The public has already been notified and informed and they are prepared to speak at the hearing on Tuesday," Alderwoman Michelle Johnson told Town Manager David Andrews in an email.

"I think this is unfair to the public who has been waiting for a year to be heard. As you all recall, the applicant requested to postpone the public hearing last April indefinitely," she added.

Andrews responded that he thinks the board has the option of holding the hearing as advertised. Alderwoman Jacquie Gist then asked if the developer has been notified the board intends to hold the hearing, further suggesting that's what the aldermen will do when they meet at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Town Hall.

The latest request to postpone the hearing until April comes after the Planning Board voted 4-3 against recommending the rezoning request for 201 N. Greensboro St. to a conditional business zoning.

The Planning Board found that "the requested change in zoning would not advance the public health, safety, or welfare and would be inconsistent with the community’s vision for creative and ample commercial development in downtown Carrboro."

The CVS project has been controversial. The developer says they have outgrown their store in the Carr Mill shopping center. Neighbors and some community activists have said the proposed 24/7 store at the corner of North Greensboro and Weaver streets would harm the historic mill house neighborhood.

Correspondent Sarah Mansur contributed to this post.

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