BG council backs CVS plan PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 10:46
Former Ohio National Guard Armory on Wooster St. where the proposed CVS Pharmacy would be built. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
One proposed downtown East Wooster Street development moved forward and the fate of another project remained in limbo Tuesday night following action by Bowling Green City Council.
The CVS Pharmacy project on the south side of the 200 block of East Wooster Street and a B-5, transitional central business district zoning classification "birthed" by the projects, were approved on 6-0 votes.
Mayor Richard Edwards signed the ordinances immediately after the meeting. Both become effective in 30 days.
Council left on the table a rezoning request for a commercial and residential development on the north side of the 200 block of East Wooster Street. Three ordinances to rezone the properties involved were tabled indefinitely Nov. 19.
At-large council member Robert McOmber explained that council made no effort to take the ordinances off the table because the six members present were split 3-3. Fourth Ward council member Greg Robinette was absent. McOmber said all seven members are expected to attend the Feb. 4 meeting.
The CVS project will require demolition of the former Ohio National Guard Armory and the former Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home that front on Wooster Street and houses at 117 and 123 S. Prospect St.
CVS developers indicated at previous meetings they hope to start construction this spring. The developers originally requested rezoning to B-3, central business district, but agreed to allow council to change the request to B-5.
"In terms of the CVS project, I have heard very positive comments," Council President John Zanfardino said.
The B-5 proposal has been revised several times since its introduction Dec. 3 and council continued the fine tuning Tuesday night.
A public hearing on the B-5 legislation before the council meeting found residents with mixed feelings but in general agreement that the product was much better then the original proposal.
Several indicated the city and council could have taken more time to do a better job on the proposal in order to protect neighbors, property values and take care of a variety of concerns addressed in public hearings.
Reviews by the BG Planning Commission, hearings and council discussion have resulted in several specific prohibitions of businesses in the district, along with a detailed procedure to review screening and buffering when projects are built in B-5 districts.
Prohibited uses in B-5 are tattoo parlors and similar businesses, bars or taverns, vehicle fueling stations and auto sales or service, all uses prohibited in the B-3 zone and anything not specifically included in the B-3.
"This (B-5) is not exactly like anybody wanted. Nobody's one version got us here," said at-large council member Robert McOmber. "Anything that has involved so many people is probably not going to be perfect. I appreciate everybody's efforts on this. It has been an interesting journey."

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