|The latest blueprint from Spectrum shows the drive-through for CVS in the middle of the shopping center.|
A blueprint of the revised plan submitted by Spectrum to the county May 29 shows only one change – there would still be a drive-through for the CVS but it would be in the middle of the shopping center rather than close to Charles Street.
A drive-through pharmacy was one of the main elements opposed by residents of the Courtland Park neighborhood and county staff.
At the Board of Supervisors hearing March 3, Brent Krasner, who was then a planner with the DPZ, said the staff recommended that the project be denied primarily because the plans for a drive-through pharmacy and the stores’ inward facing entrances don’t conform to the Bailey’s Crossroads amendment to the Comprehensive Plan, which calls for an urban, pedestrian-oriented streetscape. (Krasner is now branch chief for the Board of Zoning Appeals.)
According to the blueprint, the shopping center would be the same size as before, it would still have three separate buildings, and the entrances would still be at the same place on Charles Street and in front of Concetta Difalco’s driveway on Washington Drive.
There would be about five more parking spaces, and a “pocket park” that would have added a touch of green has been removed, said Irene Xenos, the granddaughter of Difalco. Xenos, who also lives in Courtland Park, has tried to convince Spectrum to move the entrance away from the home of DiFalco, 93, due to safety concerns.
Carmen Bishop, the new planner in DPZ assigned to the project, said staff hasn’t reviewed the revised plan yet and hasn’t set a date for a hearing. A meeting with Mason Supervisor Penny Gross is planned but hasn’t been scheduled yet.
When the BoS considered the earlier proposal March 24, Gross made a motion to “defer indefinitely” a vote on the shopping center and asked Spectrum “to go back to the drawing board and rework the plan.”
The latest plan “is pretty much the same exact plan as before. It’s not really going back to the drawing board,” Xenos says. “It would still be opposed by the neighborhood.”
According to Xenos, local residents were supposed to be notified as soon as Spectrum submitted a new plan. That didn’t happen. She only found out about the new plan when another neighbor happened to see a county staff person at the site who agreed to share the new blueprint.