A proposed CVS with Drive-Thru has irked some residents of a small Massachusetts community enough to start a petition to “save” downtown.
Arista Development is proposing to build a 12,850-square-foot CVS with a drive-thru on four lots bounded by High, Main, and Pleasant streets in Spencer.
The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on the proposal Sept. 29, in the Town Hall on Main Street at 7 p.m. The meeting will be conducted in-person and remotely to accommodate for COVID-19 distancing.
A petition against the development was placed on Change.org months ago in an effort to stop construction. Among other permits, CVS is seeking a special permit to put the building in a residential zone. Petition author William Fortin said that if the town starts allowing corporations to build in residential neighborhoods, it will set a bad precedent.
“Also,” he said, “this project will detract from our 125-year-old town’s appearance.”
Downtown Spencer has been on the National Register of Historic Places since the 1980s.
So far Fortin’s petition has garnered about 250 signatures; he is seeking 500. Fewer than 12,000 people live in Spencer.
Arista Development is owned by The Estate of William D. Ekleberry, Richard Cormier, and S-BNK Spencer LLC.
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