Jenny Brailey sent along this update on the contention CVS construction project in development in the old Tully’s / Moon Temple building:
NEXT PUBLIC MEETING IS NOV. 4
The Design Review Board will meet Monday, November 4 to review CVS’s new project plans. The meeting is open to the public and will start at 6:30 pm at the University Heights Community Center, Room 209 (same place as last time). CVS’s developer is expected to present three design options that focus on restoring the existing building, after which the public can offer comments.
You can view CVS’s new proposals online:
PRELIMINARY COMMUNITY INPUT
Earlier this month, Velmeir and its architects met with representatives of the Wallingford Community Council to get some preliminary input on what the neighborhood wants in the new design. WCC’s comments fell along two lines:
(a) providing specific ideas about the building design, signage, sidewalks, parking, traffic, walkability, transit access, etc. and
(b) adding housing at the site by building apartments or condos above the parking lot (behind the existing building). WCC offered some specific ideas and examples of how this could work.
The request to add housing was in keeping Wallingford’s neighborhood plan and with the findings of the Design Review Board in August, that: “the site…located at the heart of the Wallingford residential urban village, both anticipated and deserved more density…”
CVS RESPONSE: RESTORATION BUT NO HOUSING
The developer Velmeir flatly rejected the housing idea. It submitted a letter from the property broker noting the property owners (Pohl family) had received “significant development interest and propositions from a wide range of possible developers” but they were going to “keep the current building footprint consistent with the surrounding business district.” The owners chose to lease to CVS because of the “stability and value this business will bring to the community,” according to the letter.
Adding housing/density at the site will be a dead issue unless the DRB insists on it at this meeting, so if that’s your passion then now is the time to speak up. If you just want to see and comment on the restoration options, this meeting is for you, too!