CVS Pharmacy has plans to move into Florissant and would like to open a store in a location some council members had a few concerns about including traffic flow and environmental factors like surface water runoff.
As the project progresses, the company is seeking rezoning to a B-5 Planned Commercial District to allow for the construction and operation of a drive-thru pharmacy, retail sales, medical clinic and liquor sales.
A public hearing is set for Monday, Sept. 9 on the matter. The hearing will take place during Florissant City Council's scheduled meeting at city hall, located at 955 rue St. Francois, at 7 p.m.
The hearing was postponed following the council's Aug. 26 meeting at which the public hearing was originally scheduled.
At that time, Craig Forgey with the engineering firm representing CVS, came before the council requesting rezoning for property at 1550 and 1500 S. New Florissant Road, as well as 1191 Dunn Road, near Joe’s Auto Mart. Councilwoman Jackie Pagano and her husband own Joe’s Auto Mart. You many know one of these sites currently as a BP gas station.
Forgey said the pharmacy would have one drive-through lane. It would have access to Dunn Road by going through the Joe’s AutoMart parking lot.
Forgey said he had spoken with the Pagano's about granting access.
Councilman Tim Lee said at that meeting he was concerned about the remediation of the property with Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR). He, along with other members of council were also concerned about how using Joe’s Auto Mart's property would affect it as a small used-car business.
Fogerty was uncertain if access agreements have been signed and advised he'd check into the approval to use Joe’s AutoMart parking lot access as part of the construction plan.
Councilman John Grib said he was concerned with the surface runoff and the concrete culvert.
Fogerty explained there is a small increase in runoff that does not exceed the the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) requirements. He said CVS is still working with MSD and will do what they are told to do with regard to water retention and runoff.
Councilman Grib then asked about the bridge over the culvert.
Fogerty stated that the traffic should be improved because the access is being moved further up Dunn Rd. He said they have filed for the flood plain study and it is under review.
Councilman Mark Schmidt said he fears adding another commercial chain development like that close smaller mom and pop businesses.
Mayor Thomas Schneider said he is looking forward to this cite being developed and said it will be an improvement to the corner.
Are you ready for CVS?