*The Columbia City Council will vote on the rezoning at its Sept. 3 meeting. An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect date for the meeting.
COLUMBIA — McAdams' Ltd. has been in business for almost 40 years but might be getting the boot from its store on Providence Road because the landlord plans to sell the building to CVS, the national pharmacy chain.
Concerns about traffic flow and conflicts of interest were raised from two attendees at a public information meeting Tuesday for a new CVS store planned for the southeast corner at the intersection of Providence and Broadway. Rebecca Fahrendorf, owner of McAdams' Ltd., was in attendance and spoke against the plan.
The meeting was set to discuss concerns between CVS and interested parties, so problems could be addressed before the case moves to the Planning and Zoning Commission for approval Aug. 8, city planner Steve MacIntyre said.
CVS's proposed plan for the approximately 1.39 acre lot would include demolishing three buildings: the old ice house at 320 E. Broadway, the building where McAdams' Ltd. currently operates at 32 S. Providence and the building currently housing alleyCat Yoga at 23 S. Fourth St.
The site is currently dual zoned as a General Industrial District and Central Business District. CVS is requesting the whole plot be rezoned as a Planned Business District.
The plan for the drive-through pharmacy would alter traffic flows on Providence and Broadway. The plan proposes a right-in, right-out entrance from Providence. This would also restrict left turn traffic in and out of Cherry Street, which serves Walgreens and the shopping plaza behind it.
A conflict of interest point was brought up at the meeting, questioning whether limiting traffic for one business, CVS, would be fair to other surrounding businesses that would be affected by traffic restrictions. A main concern was busy football Saturdays, when many visitors might not follow restricted traffic rules.
Robert Hollis, the attorney representing CVS at the meeting, said a traffic analysis found that the plan would eliminate the numerous current access points to the site, which would actually improve traffic flow near the intersection.
MacIntyre said the city's stance on the traffic issue was hinging on the Missouri Department of Transportation's traffic review, which hasn't been completed yet. To move forward with the plan, CVS needs MoDOT's approval about changing traffic on Providence and city approval for Broadway traffic and zoning changes.
As for the old ice house, MacIntyre and Hollis disagreed about its status as a historical building.
The building is listed on the Flat Branch historic walk on The District website.
"It hasn't officially been classified as historical due to deterioration and several modifications to the original structure," MacIntyre said.
MacIntyre also mentioned that the McAdams' Ltd. building currently hangs over Flat Branch Creek, so redevelopment would have to take place no matter who owns the building. The new CVS would eliminate that issue.
Fahrendorf said Tuesday at the meeting that she had been trying to buy the building for years but "they won't let us."
Hollis declined to comment on whether or not CVS is also looking to open a store near the Walgreens at the intersection of Nifong and Forum Boulevards or at other locations in Columbia.
The case is planned to be reviewed at the Planning and Zoning Commission on Aug. 8 and set for a final decision by the Columbia City Council on Sept. 3*.
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