Pennsylvania-based developer JC Bar wants to build a new, modern CVS store on the southwest corner of the Harford and Joppa Road intersection—a space the community would like to see kept open.
To allow for development, the property would have to be rezoned from residential to "business light." Although the group is opposed to the development of the property, they agreed to hear the developer's proposal.
A representative from Bohler Engineering, the company that worked on the site plan told the group that the plan was to construct a 13,281 square foot CVS/pharmacy with two drive-thru lanes on part of the lot. As part of the plan, two nearby CVS stores—one in Carney Village Shopping Center and one on the east side of Harford Road—would be closed.
Entrances to the store would come off the eastbound lane of Joppa Road and the southbound lane of Harford Road, according to the engineer.
"We set the entrances back at the furthest corners of the property to keep them as far away from the intersection as possible," the engineer said.
He also told the group that the ingress and egress for the store would be "right in, right out"—answering concerns about potential customers making left turns into the parking lot across Joppa and Harford Roads.
About 25 residents turned out in opposition of the development and voiced concerns about traffic, crime and overdevelopment.
"It’s not oh ... we don’t like CVS — we just don’t want to take this anymore, we’ve been bombarded by over development," said Meg O'Hare, president of the community association. "Even though we don’t agree, that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate that you took the time to come out and talk to us."
It will be months before the issue is decided as part of the Baltimore County Comprehensive Zoning Map process, which concludes in September when Fifth District Councilman David Marks will render a decision about the zoning change.
Many of the same residents who attended the Wednesday night meeting testified against the zoning change before the Baltimore County planning board at a Tuesday night hearing at Perry Hall High School.