Sebastopol City Council expected to OK CVS

The Sebastopol City Council is expected tonight to give final approval to the controversial CVS Pharmacy project but not before giving opponents a platform for a last-minute effort to try to derail the proposal.

After a lengthy meeting Aug. 7, the council voted 3 to 2 to give the developer, Armstrong Development of Sacramento, design approval.

However, the council added two conditions: that a street entrance be provided at the corner of the CVS Pharmacy building to provide access to foot traffic, and that a one-way driveway be converted into a fire lane.

Tonight, the council is expected to adopt its findings, which overturns the denial by the Design Review Board and is one of the final steps paving the way for the project.

"Given all the time that we have put in on both sides, I would hope that they would accept the conditions," Mayor Guy Wilson said.

Armstrong is proposing to build a 14,576-square-foot CVS Pharmacy and 4,327-square-foot Chase Bank branch at the site of the former Pellini Chevrolet dealership, which has been vacant for five years.

The $10 million project is on a 2.45-acre site at one of Sebastopol's most prominent and most heavily traveled intersections.

Both CVS and Chase now are located at the Redwood Marketplace in Sebastopol.

Armstrong has redesigned the project three times at the request of the Design Review Board and the City Council but has not indicated whether it will accept the two new conditions.

"We have not heard any indication either way," Planning Director Kenyon Webster said.

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