Downtown Columbia Leadership Council unimpressed with latest CVS proposal

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 | 10:49 p.m. CDT; updated 11:46 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Will Columbia get a new CVS at the corner of Broadway and Providence? Numerous city officials have denounced the project, saying it would disturb downtown Columbia’s aesthetic and threaten nearby historic sites.

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."

Supervising editor is Margaux Henquinet.

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Richard Saunders August 28, 2013 | 10:20 a.m.

Well, if this isn't an interesting "news report." Seems like the Missourian is getting into the advocacy business under the guise of reporting.

I hope the owners let the whole corner rot to the ground, or find a way to bypass the control-freaks and make the property into something that outrages their childish sensibilities even more.

Funny how people can pretend to protect property by destroying property rights. Worse, is how the media promotes their destructive activities as responsible governing.

There is only one form of government that can create a harmonious society, and that is self-government. Anything less is mad(men/women) fighting over control of the gun. These people should feel ashamed to even make these statements in public, yet they act like they're saving us all. Then again, most evil-do(good)ers operate under a fully delusional premise, so I guess this immaturity is NOT surprising after all.

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