COLUMBIA — The attorney representing CVS Pharmacy couldn't answer Downtown Columbia Leadership Council members' questions Tuesday about a seemingly misplaced park trail on the company's latest proposal for a new Columbia store.
"Has the architect for this ever set foot in Columbia?" said Brian Treece, a member of the council and chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission.
"I have no clue as to the architect. I don't know," said Robert Hollis, the attorney for CVS. "There was an architect here the first time, that I know of, from CVS, yesterday."
The company is proposing to rezone a parcel of land at Broadway and Providence Road. It revised the proposal after the council and the Historic Preservation Commission wrote letters urging the city to deny the application to rezone.
"We weren't messing around," said Brent Gardner, chairman of the Downtown Columbia Leadership Council.
Hollis said the new plans include specific details the boards had said were lacking in the previous ones: red brick facade, a display window along the wall facing Broadway and a "pocket park" across the parking lot from Flat Branch Park.
But council members remained unmoved.
"Despite dressing it up with trees and things, you've still got a brick wall on the major thoroughfare of Broadway and another, even worse wall on Fourth Street," Treece said.
Gardner said the latest proposal was "not very different."
"We just feel like it's a very bad match," he said. "We just feel overall it's the wrong place for that project. ... It's unattractive. It's a bad plan. It's too big a project for this spot."
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