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The Dansville Online
  • CVS doesn't fit "historic" feel

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  • DANSVILLE-- The Planning Board gave conditional approval to the CVS Caremark corporation for the proposed CVS Pharmacy on Tuesday night. The proposed CVS will be on the corner of Main and Milton Streets where Van Hyning Service used to sit.
    During Tuesday night’s public hearing many community members and business owners opinion about the proposed design, many saying it didn’t fit the historic feel of the current Main Street businesses.
    “We’ve put a lot of time and money into our Main Street to keep it in historic,” said Sue DeMuth, who owns Dansville Stationers and Dogwood Trading Co. “I think we’d all like something that blends better with our historic district”
    Jill Kalmer, owner of Clockworks Wine and Liquor, echoed DeMuth’s concerns stating the community is open to a partnership with CVS but they’re hoping the building will blend a little better.
    Anthony Ricciuti, architect for CVS, explained the interior of the proposed design is 9,500 square feet and includes a private consultation room and drive through. The exterior design would be a sealed, smooth stone with accents of faux brick on the corner. The entrance would be framed by glass and a stone banner would boast the CVS name.
    “This building is a better scale, split face brick doesn’t fit in with this town,” he said. “What we’re proposing fits much better.”
    Board member Tim Brinduse is in favor of the design but agrees there needs to be modifications to better accommodate what the community wants. Both Brinduse and Nancy Nice agreed there needed to be more accentuations near the entrance so customers could better identify it.
    “These people are concerned about the community and how it looks.” said Brinduse. “Our job is to take the community into consideration.”
    Ricciuti requested conditional approval from the board, which approves the design but with certain changes, so the CVS cooperation knows the village is serious about moving forward with the project.
    “We’ll just have work together for something we both like,” said Ricciuti. “I certainly think we can find common ground.”
    There will be no future public hearing and as of Tuesday night a date had not been set for CVS to come back with the changes.

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