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Neighbors decry proposed CVS

Rotterdam residents claim store would ruin atmosphere

— “Most of us, more than likely, would not have bought our homes in this area if we knew that this area could potentially be rezoned and a box store would be brought into our backyards,” Butler said.

She also questioned the necessity of the store, because right across the street from the proposed CVS is Rite Aid Pharmacy. There are two other CVS stores within roughly two miles, she added.

“Listen to the taxpayers before giving in to a conglomerate like CVS,” she said in her closing remarks.

Danielle and Timothy Heigel, also Lawndale Avenue residents, said four years ago they purchased a home in the neighborhood. Under the proposed zoning change their home would be the last residential property on their side of the street.

“With the proposed zoning change our house would no longer be in the middle of a nice quiet neighborhood,” said Danielle Heigel. “We will no longer be able to look out our windows to a pretty neighborhood. We’ll be looking at the side of a business or a parking lot.”

Roxanne Heller, living on nearby Oakdale Avenue, said ever since she purchased a home 10 years ago, she’s heard rumors the vacant building would be turned into such a store.

“This is a very quiet neighborhood and people want to live here,” said Heller. “These types of businesses bring in elements that we don’t want to deal with … it seems that when you have something like this put in you get people that you do not desire in your neighborhood running through it.”

She also stressed the safety concern of increased traffic on the street and suggested CVS locate an area already commercially zoned. CVS bought the property a few years ago.

“I don’t want my son riding his bike and getting run over by somebody who is in a hurry to try and get their medication on time,” Heller said. “Seriously, do you really care about the people in the neighborhood? If you do, you should not allow this project to go through. They have enough other places to go that are commercially zoned.”

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