A new CVS may soon be coming to the northern part of Statesville, replacing a smaller store in the Old Wilkes Shopping Center.
At their Dec. 21 meeting, City Council members unanimously approved the first reading of a zoning request for property on N.C. 115/Wilkesboro Highway. The request came from the S.J. Holland family, which owns a 3.48-acre plot a short distance north of Interstate 40.
If the council approves the final reading in January, a 1.58-acre section of the property will be rezoned from R-10 (residential) to R-4 (highway business).
"Their plan is to construct a new CVS on that property with a drive-through and the existing CVS would relocate to this site," Planning Commissioner David Currier told the council before a public hearing. "The tract is currently occupied by the Statesville Bible Tabernacle, and this building would be removed in order to construct the drugstore."
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Kay Tilley, who lives directly across from the proposed site, expressed some concerns about the plan at the hearing.
"I am neither for nor against it, but I am concerned about the traffic and lighting that would be generated by a new store," Tilley said. "I would also like to know what the future holds for our residential neighborhood."
In response, Currier noted that both the builder and operator would have to abide by city and DOT regulations, and that the site plan must be approved by the council before any work begins.
Addressing the future of the homes in that area, Currier and Mayor Costi Kutteh referred to the region as a "transitional area." They surmised that the area will probably gravitate toward more business development.
The council also:
Approved a request from Talon Systems, a ready-to-assemble furniture manufacturer, to participate in the city's economic incentive program.
Talon is moving part of its operations into the vacant Cannock Industrial Building on Meacham Road, and has pledged to create 150 new jobs over the next five years.
"This is great for the community ... some good economic news at the right time," Kutteh said.
Originally based in Australia, Talon claims to be "the only company worldwide to produce carbon fibre composite furniture in volume, and at an accessible price."
Granted permission for the police department to purchase four new vehicles: two fully equipped Dodge Chargers and two unmarked Ford Fusions.
Prices came in better than expected, Assistant Chief William Halliburton said.
"We found considerable savings through the bidding process and lower than anticipated state contracts for the Dodge Chargers," he said, noting that the police plan to return approximately $9,000 into the general fund for the current fiscal year.