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Commissioners Approve CVS Sketch Plan

The pharmacy is proposed to occupy the corner of Rock Hill Road and Belmont Avenue.

Wednesday night, the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Summit Realty's tentative sketch plan and conditional use application for a CVS pharmacy at the corner of Rock Hill Road and Belmont Avenue.

Plans for the site include the demolition of five buildings, including the gas station at 726 Belmont Ave. A 13,112-square-foot CVS Pharmacy would be constructed, and Summit Realty would also construct a stormwater management system and make traffic improvements at the Rock Hill Road and Belmont Avenue intersection.

Summit Realty presented their plans before the Building and Planning Committee last Wednesday.

At the committee meeting, board vice president Paul McElhaney said he would like to see the building with a stone facade rather than the brick facade Summit Realty had presented.

Building and Planning Director Bob Duncan said Wednesday that CVS representatives had agreed to that change on the three visible walls. On the west wall with the drive-through lane, the front facing Rock Hill Road and the east side facing Belmont Avenue, the applicant will use stone in place of brick. Stucco will still be used on the facade as well, Duncan said.

The board voted unanimously to approve the tentative sketch plan and conditional use approval to use commercial zoning rather than Rock Hill Overlay District zoning. Commissioner Jenny Brown was absent.

A tentative sketch plan is essentially a concept plan, and is required for all non-residential development in Lower Merion Township, Assistant Planning Director Chris Leswing explained.

The company will need to return with specific, detailed plans for the preliminary plan stage, and those too must receive approval for the project to move forward.

More:

  • Developer: CVS Project Would Improve Traffic (Oct. 12, 2012)
  • Trash Collection Fees To Jump After Divided Vote (Oct. 18, 2012)
fed up October 20, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Hopefully the bribes the boardmembers took for this decision will offset the unnecessary inconvienence of the year-long construction/roadwork, as well as the overflowing traffic on Belmont Ave. I can't wait for the bottlenecks on Belmont. Hopefully it will be as horrible as City Ave. Can't wait to vote out these greedy bums
lauren October 20, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Has either CVS or the Township even mention how long it will take to reconfigure the intersection?...or how much impervious surface the reconfiguration will add to the already uncontrolled storm water management problem? Is the Township really interested in development that will enhance the community & benefit its residents or are they just looking for a developer to pay for the changes ONeill properties promised a few years ago for Rock Holl Road before the economy collapsed & ONeill bailed on its development proposal? Running a township can't just be about generating revenue at the expense of all else.
x October 20, 2012 at 05:30 PM
As I commented on the prior article, a dedicated left turn lane from Belmont onto Rock Hill would help avoid rush-hour traffic backups.

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