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Armonk CVS Clears Final Hurdle

ARMONK, N.Y. – After more than a year of discussions and changes to CVS’s plan to move into Armonk, the North Castle Planning Board finally approved a site plan for the pharmacy by a unanimous vote at Monday night’s meeting.

Al DelBello, the lawyer representing CVS, said it was a long time coming and that his client has been more than compliant with requests made by the town and its residents.

“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.”

A drive-through in the pharmacy and a driveway that connects the shopping center to the nearby Hergenhan Recreation Center had slowed the project down. Some residents were concerned with traffic-flow issues that would arise with these new additions.

Neal Bauman, an Armonk resident, was concerned for the recreation center’s users as it is anticipated that traffic on Maple Avenue will increase with the completion of Armonk Town Square near the corner of Main Street.

“I’m just concerned with the safety of people at Hergenhan and how people are going to see the traffic backed up from the light and cut through Hergenhan and the shopping center to get back to Main Street,” Bauman said.

Adam Kaufman, North Castle’s director of planning, said that speed bumps can be installed on the driveway that would connect the two centers in order to restrict drivers from cutting through.

After going through many meetings and making the ensuing changes to the plan, CVS’s engineer Paul Vitaliano said that input from residents was helpful in the approval process.

“We sat back and listened and went back and tried to address as many issues as we could and I think a lot of it was just tying up loose ends,” Vitaliano said.

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

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