DANSVILLE— The Dansville planning board is asking all residents to attend their Feb. 18 meeting and voice their opinions about the new design for the CVS slated to fill the corner of Main and Milton Streets.
The original design was approved in September but CVS came back with a new design in January. While the ultimate approval needs to come from the planning board, they are interested in hearing what the public thinks of the new design.
The board is looking to keep community members informed with the changes and give them a chance to voice their opinions before the board votes to approve or disapprove the new design.
“We’re not really sure why they changed the design,” said Nancy Nice, who sits on the board. “If I had to guess I’d say it’s because they wanted it to fit the rural small town look.”
The proposed CVS is one of 14 throughout the country participating in an experiment which is trying to gauge the response to a freestanding store in rural communities. The one in Dansville will be the only one in New York State.
Nice believes Dansville’s historic district is the reason it was chosen to be a participant in the experiment. The new design features a smaller footprint and a more “rural feel” Nice said.
While the new design has already been through the initial planning process, the board is looking for community input to help them make their final decision. If they don’t approve the new design, Nice is not sure what the next step will be as they can’t go back to the old design. If the new design is approved, there will be a 30 day “cool down period” for both sides before work can begin.
If the new design is approved, the cool down period would be put in effect almost immediately and work can begin as early as late March. CVS hopes to have the entire store completed and operating this year.
CVS will handle the demolition of the old Van Hyning’s and the Blum Shoe Factory, the latter being one of the biggest eyesores in the community, in Nice’s opinion. All work will be done on CVS’ dime leaving no financial impact to the Village.
“This will be a great addition to our community, in my opinion,” Nice said. “We have a huge walking population and this would really help them out.”
Anyone with questions or concerns is invited to attend the meeting and voice their opinions. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall.