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CVS Plan Draws Criticism of Stamford Residents

STAMFORD, Conn. — Middle-of-the-night deliveries and idling cars were just two of the concerns that Glenbrook residents and business owners raised over a CVS plan to rebuild its location on Hope Street in Stamford.

The plan calls for the elimination of businesses that share the location with CVS and the addition of 20,000 square feet of plant life, walkways from the street to the store and a drive-through section.

“If CVS was a better neighbor, we wouldn’t be so upset,” Susan Colello, a resident of nearby Morris Street, said during a community meeting Wednesday night. She and her sister, Donna Smyle, were vocal in criticizing the CVS project.

Mr. C of Mr. C’s Fix-Up Shop , located next to CVS, was concerned about how the landlord and the pharmacy were treating the other tenants. The decreased parking during construction would hurt his business, he said. “This is like a CVS invasion,” Mr. C said. “You can close your eyes and throw a rock and hit a CVS

Ideally, the demolition and work would begin in the spring or summer of 2013 after the leases end for the tenants and they move out, said A.J. Barbato of Gershman Brown Crowley Inc. , one of the firms representing CVS. But it also depends on approvals from city boards, he said. During the eight months of construction, the pharmacy would be run out of a trailer, he said.

The proposal will be filed with the city’s building department in the next week or so but can still be changed, Barbato said. The representatives said they hope to keep an open dialogue with neighbors so they feel more comfortable with the plan by the time it goes before the Planning Board and Zoning Board.

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