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[UPDATE] Rotterdam planners frown on CVS

Traffic concerns drive negative opinion on rezoning, Town Board has final say

Engineer John Furman, of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., talks about proposed landscaping for a new CVS Pharmacy at the corner of Lawndale Avenue and Curry Road during the Rotterdam Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Engineer John Furman, of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., talks about proposed landscaping for a new CVS Pharmacy at the corner of Lawndale Avenue and Curry Road during the Rotterdam Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Photo by John Purcell.

— The consolidation of two stores would save CVS money and provide a reliable long-term cost compared to fluctuating lease prices, Zee said.

Yuille said the closure of the local stores would likely yield increased traffic to the new store. Zee contested any commercial development in the area would bring increased traffic flow.

“… commercial development, which a majority of this site is zoned for, is going to generate some degree of traffic,” Zee said. “There are other uses besides CVS that create greater traffic for the intersection.”

Zee said the developer would conduct a full traffic study if asked by the town once the rezone was approved.

Encroachment of the proposed rezoning into residential zoning also concerned some commission members. Lawndale Avenue homeowners have expressed concerns about commercial development abutting their property.

Commission member Ronald Severson was the only member voting against the negative resolution. He said the retail landscape is changing and stores are requiring larger footprints.

“The thing that concerns me is that the opposition seems to be … isn’t that they are objecting it to being a retail business, but they are objecting to it being a CVS,” Severson said.

Neighborhood residents in attendance called out “no” after hearing Severson’s remark.

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