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MENDOTA — Aldermen are expected to take action Monday night on zoning variances requested by CVS for a new, 13,225-square-foot, free-standing building at the corner of 13th Avenue and Meriden Street in Mendota, near the site of the current CVS. The action will follow the recommendations of the planning commission which met Thursday night. The new store will require demolition of the current Goslin’s Drug Store along with additional, vacant buildings to the south and west. City clerk and economic co-ordinator Emily McConville said the new store includes a deal with Goslin’s that will automatically transfer over prescriptions. The new location will improve existing traffic flow at the intersection since the entrance and exits will be placed further south and west of the traffic lights. Construction of the new store required several zoning variances and ordinance amendments. The planning commission, led by Dale Meyers, recommended the variances and amendments to the full council, which will meet at 6:30 p.m. today. “The variances requested were minor,” Meyers said. “Their biggest concern was the signage.” The city only recently overhauled the sign ordinance which wouldn’t have allowed the new CVS store to have the same uniform signage as at other, similar stores. McConville said the rectangular shape of the building meant signs that were about 20-square-feet larger than current ordinance, but the mounting would be horizontal and in keeping with the overall intent of the new ordinances. McConville said she was not sure about the actual start of demolition of the four buildings, but representatives with the company were waiting on formal approval from the city. She expects the council will take that action tonight. “They’re going to consolidate all these parcels into one lot which makes sense,” she said. “We’re excited; things are happening.” McConville said the demolition of the former Save-A-Lot on the opposite corner is complete but additional site work needs to be done before construction can begin. A sign at the site expected a spring opening, but that will be dependent on weather. The fate of the current CVS store in the shopping center northeast of the proposed new location also hasn’t been determined yet, McConville said. The shopping center is privately owned and she said the city would work with the owner to help secure a new tenant. Tamara Abbey can be reached at (815) 539-5200 or email@example.com
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