CVS revising plans for downtown outlet

Monday, August 19, 2013 | 5:55 p.m. CDT; updated 11:47 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 28, 2013

COLUMBIA — CVS Pharmacy has asked for more time to revise its plans for a drive-thru facility across the street from the downtown Walgreens.

CVS requested that its proposal be pulled from the agenda of Thursday's meeting of the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission to retool plans for the pharmacy on Broadway.

The Bartlett, Tenn.-based Carlson Consulting Engineers, the firm responsible for the CVS proposal, said in an email to the commission that it needed more time to finalize its plans before another scheduled hearing on Sept. 5. The email said the company needed time to respond to questions about the plan and work with city officials.

"It's a tight turnaround," city planner Steve MacIntyre said of the revisions. "It will be challenging to get it to the point where we have no more questions."

CVS has spent the summer fielding questions about traffic flow, parking space and preservation of historic property.

Three buildings at the southeast corner of Providence Road and Broadway — including the old ice house listed on a city walking tour of historic places — would be demolished, under the current proposal. The plan also shows the CVS parking lot extending over Flat Branch.

Carlson Consulting Engineers declined further comment.

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