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Top Stories 2012: Armonk CVS Finally Approved

Al DelBello, the lawyer representing CVS, hopes speed bumps and a drive-through pharmacy will ease Armonk residents' concerns.
Al DelBello, the lawyer representing CVS, hopes speed bumps and a drive-through pharmacy will ease Armonk residents' concerns. Photo Credit: Robert Michelin

ARMONK, N.Y. – As 2012 draws to an end, The Armonk Daily Voice is looking back at some of the top stories of the year .

After more than a year of talks surrounding CVS’s arrival to Armonk, the North Castle Planning Board finally approved the pharmacy’s site plan in late October . Although the vote was unanimous, the project had previously been met with complaints from North Castle residents.

In July 2012, Armonk resident  Judy Willsey called CVS a “stinking, lousing, no-good corporation.” She shared the opinion of more than a dozen citizens who spoke in front of the Planning Board last summer .

Some of their concerns could be eased with the addition of a drive-through pharmacy, speed bumps, and a driveway that connects to the shopping center and the nearby Hergenhan Recreation Center, as some were worried about the potential traffic-flow implications CVS’s addition would cause.

Al DelBello, the lawyer representing CVS, hopes these changes symbolize a compromise between CVS and the town.

“We’ve been in front of the Planning Board and Town Board for quite some time now and I think we’ve done everything that has been asked of us,” DelBello said. “The drive-through and the Hergenhan entrance were not originally in the plan, they were added by request of the town.”

CVS was issued a special-use permit by the North Castle Town Board in July, although a timetable for their move into the vacant A&P building has not been set.