I am a bit late with this news, but on May 5th the developer of the proposed new CVS building in Carrboro presented the concept of the new store to the town’s advisory boards. (You can read my earlier comments on the new CVS building here.) A brilliant synopsis of the advisory board comments can be found on the Orange Politics site. These comments take into consideration the concerns of the neighboring residential areas as well as various appearance issues such as encouraging a design similar to the Main Street buildings (see photo).
I’m a bit prejudiced in favor of the new building because I have to leave my current location at the same intersection next year, and I would love to just move across the street to the proposed building if office space were to become available there. However, the Planning Board comments suggest that the office space proposed for this building is designed primarily for store use and would not benefit the greater community (me). I suppose this is a selfish way to evaluate development, but I’m only human!
Although I work in Carrboro, my home is in north Chatham where a new Board of Commissioners is working hard to decimate the citizen advisory boards that were put in place by the previous Board. Reading through the Carrboro advisory board comments on this project demonstrates how advisory boards can help to encourage developers to put in place projects that will truly help the community.
I’ll be interested to see what happens next. Calls by the citizenry for the developer to create something other than a CVS is not likely to be effective since CVS actually owns the property now, and decisions over what type of business goes into what building is really outside the parameters of what local government can and should control. I haven’t seen any details about public hearings but I’ll be sure to post those when they come available.