Nov. 18, 2010
Since the Development Review Board denied CVS/pharmacy a discretionary permit in October, town planners have been waiting to hear back from the national chain on the company’s next steps. Planning Director Ken Belliveau said he hasn’t heard from CVS since the board’s Oct. 19 meeting.
The proposal from CVS called for a nearly 14,000 square-foot pharmacy to be built at the spot now occupied by the Imported Car Center, which would be demolished in favor of the new building. Imported Car Center owner Arlo Cato has said his business would relocate.
At issue were the pharmacy’s attempts at meeting development requirements outlined in town bylaws. Last year, Williston adopted a new set of bylaws, which said projects in Taft Corners had to meet several standards. One of those standards was multi-use, such as a combination of retail, office and residential space. CVS opted to add retail space above its main store, but board members didn’t like the design.
At the Oct. 19 meeting, CVS returned to the Development Review Board with revised plans, but the secondary retail space design still did not sit well with some board members. After CVS’ lawyer, Matt Daly, asked for a vote on a discretionary permit, it was ultimately turned down by the board. Calls to Daly and CVS representatives were not returned by press deadline.
Belliveau said he hopes to hear from CVS again as he believes it would be situated at a “tremendous location” at the corner of Vermont 2A and Wright Avenue across from Maple Tree Place at a stoplight intersection.
“I think they’re mulling their options,” Belliveau said. “The ball’s in their court right now.”
— Tim Simard, Observer staff