Aberdeen Delays Approval of New CVS
A proposed retail development near the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 15-501 that features a CVS pharmacy remains on hold for the Aberdeen Town Council.
The town commissioners are still seeking answers regarding traffic, parking, road improvements and signage for the development. The commissioners delayed a vote on a permit for the development during a special meeting Monday night.
“That is the most heavily trafficked intersection in Moore County,” Commissioner Alan Parker said. “At this point you don’t have a plan approved by DOT.”
Parker said safety is his primary concern. The development is anticipated to generate 4,700 additional vehicle trips a day when done, according to a traffic analysis.
“It is not my intent to deprive anyone of the opportunity to develop their land,” he said.
Nick Lukens, who represented the applicant at the meeting, said he was “confused at delaying it (the project) again.”
He requested that the commissioners approve the permit first, rather than wait for the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT).
If the commissioners were to approve the permit and then the DOT proposes significant changes, the project would have to come back to the board again, causing further delays, town planner Kathy Liles said.
“That could have the developer in purgatory,” she said.
The commissioners and representatives from the developer haggled over other issues like the number of parking spaces in the development, what type of improvements, if any, would be made to a road in the plan, and the number and type of signs the proposed development would have.
Earlier this spring, the town Planning Board recommended the permit, provided the developer meets a lengthy list of conditions.
The commissioners don’t meet in July, so there was hope that the DOT would review the plan soon so that the town could hold another special meeting.
The commissioners seemed to expect that the report from the DOT would be coming this week.
“Surely they are working on this,” Commissioner Jim Thomas said. “We can call every hour if we have to to get the right person to look at it and make a decision.”
The permit for retail sales with high-volume traffic generation is being sought for an application filed by Moseley Real Estate Advisors. It affects land owned by Huntley Family Limited Partnership and Bonnie McPeake.
The permit would include three main parcels that could be developed. The main parcel calls for a CVS pharmacy. Development on the other two parcels has not been formalized yet.
The development plan calls for demolition of the Sizzlin’ Steak or Eggs building as well as at least partial removal of the Sandhills Office Park. The Sizzlin’ Steak or Eggs plans to relocate to a new location across U.S. 1 from Mac’s Breakfast Anytime.
During the meeting, the commissioners also unanimously approved the town’s 2012-2013 budget. The budget includes a $6.48 million general fund and an additional $2.45 million in the water-sewer fund, totaling $8.9 million.
The tax rate would remain unchanged at 43 cents per $100 property valuation, but there is a 5 percent water-sewer rate increase.
In addition, there are several capital expenditures in the proposed budget, including a knuckle boom truck ($120,000) for the Public Works Department and four vehicles for the Police Department.
The knuckle boom truck is a dump truck with a movable crane-like arm.
The water-sewer rate increase will aid in the expansion and upgrade project at the Addor wastewater treatment plant. Because of growth, Moore County is expanding the plant’s capacity to grow from 6.7 million gallons per day to 10 million gallons per day.
Water customers pay a base rate and then an additional charge based on usage.
Contact Tom Embrey at (910) 693-2484 or email@example.com.
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