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CVS Proposal Worries Fairfax Neighbors

Traffic, park safety at issue for community.

By Corbin Ensminger

About 60 residents of the Fairfax neighborhood came out to a Crowfield clubhouse Thursday night to voice their concerns over plans for a new CVS store on the corner of St. James Avenue and Fairfax Boulevard — right across from Chick-fil-A.

Currently, the lot is woods, and almost all of those at the meeting want it to stay that way.

The drugstore is moving down the street from its current location in the shopping center with Big Lots. CVS is spending approximately $4 million to relocate its store, according to Adams and Williams Development, the firm coordinating the project.

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Scott Adams and George Wilson brought drawings and plans for the store to Thursday's meeting for a discussion with residents and to get feedback before a formal request to the city's Planning Commission. That process will likely begin near the end of the year. 

There were two main concerns that kept coming up: increased traffic and the safety of children in a nearby park.

Fairfax has a small park located across from the proposed store. Residents said they are worried about the safety of children with the increase in traffic, and with the entrance near the park.

The Whitfield Company owns the property, which extends farther into the neighborhood. After much discussion, the idea came up to build a new park at the end of the lot.

Adams said he would talk with the Whitfield Company about that. However, the property would still be zoned as commercial, which means any other business could move in later.

Businesses are required to have two entrances, and since the lot borders protected wetlands the only other realistic option is to put an entrance on Fairfax Boulevard at the front of the neighborhood.

When asked, the engineers said it was possible to build a road between Walmart and the CVS for the second entrance, but because most of the 8 acres between the locations is protected wetlands, the cost to acquire the land would likely outweigh the cost of the new building.

Jason Hobbs September 17, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I have heard people blame the city for that lack of growth, lately I believe it is the people that are holding our city back. At what point will the NIMBY (Not in my backyard) people stop dictating the growth of the commercial growth of the city? The people of Goose Creek benefit from the addition of new retail businesses, or in this case the relocation of the CVS. What will happen if the people of Fairfax push the CVS out? Will we still have a CVS in Goose Creek? Will they complain when the local option sales tax rebates go down and they owe more on their tax bill because the CVS left? The addition of the CVS may increase the traffic at the intersection, but the park that people are concerned about has been in a terrible location since it was placed there. The landowners should not be punished buy not being able to sell their land because their neighbors do not like the new owners plans. When a person sells their house they do not have a meeting with the rest of their neighbors to ask if its ok to sell. If the people of Fairfax want the current woods to stay woods then they need to buy the land themselves.
catherine September 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Amen.. well said...
Ron September 19, 2012 at 01:57 AM
I Agree..
K. B. McDaniel September 19, 2012 at 05:26 AM
AMEN!
K. B. McDaniel September 19, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Neighbors, We are blessed to have CVS looking at investing 4 million dollars in the Goose Creek area. You can go to many towns and see them suffering without new growth. Their property values drop, they have fewer places to shop. Goose Creek is growing, with growth comes change. Not to long ago we were asking why we didn't have any new business coming to the Creek. The word is out that it is a great place to buy a home and settle in. We just had a grocery store cancel it's plans to build a new store, due to opposition from a neighborhood group. Not only did we loose the grocery store, but jobs for our teenagers and the parents by refusing to allow them to come here. It would be a loss to everyone in the City if we get a reputation of not wanting new business here. Please think about the cost of not changing. Our leaders are working hard to bring new life to our city, let's welcome them and enjoy the benefits from these companies. We are no longer a small patch in the road, but have become a thriving City that's proven to be a wonderful place to raise children and live. Don't cut off your noses to spite your faces, look at the big picture. A few more cars won't kill us, but adding a business that will provide a tax base to our city is very good!!!!!
Jeff Ensminger November 17, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Interesting debate. Thanks to GC Patch for bringing these stories to the residents.

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