CVS/Pharmacy Crompond Road
Location: 3320 Crompond Road
Contact: T.M. Crowley & Associates
Description: Proposed construction of a 12,900 SF CVS/Pharmacy with drive-thru and a standalone 2,500 SF retail building with drive-thru.
See also Staples Center for issues involving the traffic light at and lane configurations
Planning Board, 4-6-2015
Representatives of the applicant’s development team made presentations regarding traffic, site concerns and architecture. The following summary updates the information presented at the February 19, 2015 meeting (), focusing on what, if any, changes have been made.
Traffic: While the applicant initially favored four lanes at the Route 202/Stony St intersection, two in each direction, based on the joint meeting with planners for the other developments being proposed in the area, they have agreed to three lanes southbound and one northbound. When questions were raised about whether one northbound lane was sufficient, especially given the short distance between Route 202 and Old Crompond Road, it was explained that traffic proceeding north had the right of way to turn either left or right and that a 3-way stop sign was not warranted because there already were stop signs on Old Crompond Rd for cars traveling both east and west. Also, the eastern portion of Old Crompond Rd from the intersection to just passed Best Plumbing will be widened to accommodate left turn lanes into the CVS site and the spur to Route 202.
At the request of the DOT, an 80ft-90ft deceleration lane along Route 202 has been incorporated into the plan. While it is less than what DOT would like, the applicant said that given the topography and wetlands, it is the only feasible length. Still undecided was future access to the adjoining site which is owned by the same owner as the CVS site. The applicant will raise this issue with DOT, especially whether DOT would permit a second access point on Route 202 in the event the second site was ever developed.
Flood Plain: The applicant will undertake a flood plain study to ascertain the current flood plain lines. If necessary, the buildings will be elevated 2 feet without the need to make other site plan changes.
Signage: Based on feedback from ABACA, the applicant has lowered the height of a pylon sign on Route 202 from 25 feet to 15 feet (the current code allows a height of 16 ft) and has eliminated electronic delays of items on sale. However, Mr. Tegeder questioned even the need for a 15 ft high sign given the building’s visibility along Route 202; he suggested that a monument style sign would be preferred. The applicant’s request for a second monument style sign at the entrance on Old Crompond Rd will require a variance as only one free standing sign is allowed by the code.
Architecture: The architects for both buildings have met with ABACA. While both buildings will be “in harmony” with each other, the architect for the bank building rejected the suggestion that both buildings be similar. With some modifications to meet local concerns, t he CVS building follows a corporate template while the final colors of the bank building will be based on the tenant’s branding needs.
The hearing was closed.
Planning Board, 2-23-2015
CVS representatives gave an overview of the plans, which incorporate some of the Planning Board’s suggestions. This overview started out with a description of the flood plain situation on the site. As currently delineated, the existence of a flood plain on the site precludes the project as proposed. However, the applicant thinks the flood plain limits are conservatively drawn and will most likely be redrawn in a direction to make the site feasible for the CVS project. Therefore, the applicant is proceeding with the planning and review process, essentially gambling that the flood plain redefinition will be favorable.
The site is zoned for the proposed uses (a pharmacy and bank), but a wetlands permit and special use permits are needed for the drive-thru windows.
Traffic: Mr. Fon opened the discussion by pointing out that in addition to the representatives of the proposed CVS, representatives of both BJ’s/Urstadt Biddle and Crompond Terraces on Old Crompond Rd were present, affording a valuable opportunity for discussion to coordinate and mitigate the traffic impacts of these three new facilities. This applicant was amenable to this suggestion. Mr. Tegeder pointed out that coordinated traffic planning wouldn’t require any major changes in the CVS site plan in any case. Applicant’s traffic studies indicate this project would add 136 afternoon trips and 121 peak Saturday trips. To accommodate this increase, Stony St northbound will be enlarged to two lanes, one for right turns and one for left. This extra lane and the absence of a stop sign on Stony St at its intersection with Old Crompond Rd will eliminate traffic stacking on the “stub” of Stony St. Traffic will enter the CVS/bank site either from Route 202 or from Old Crompond Rd. The State DOT requires a deceleration lane on Route 202, leading to that entrance, however the applicant is unable to make this lane as long as the DOT would prefer. Trucks will enter the site from Route 202, deliver on the east side of the CVS building and exit onto Old Crompond Rd. A road connection to the adjacent property will be provided, eliminating the need for another curb cut onto Route 202 should that site be developed in the future, but the exact location and nature of this connection has yet to be determined. The Old Crompond Rd entrance/exit has been relocated as much as possible to align it with the entrance to the Best Plumbing Supply site across the street. The applicant said the sight distances are adequate, but Ann Kutter pointed out that trees further along Crompond Rd actually block visibility at that location. The applicant was resistant to the idea of contacting the neighboring property owner (based on a question from Mr. Kincart) to negotiate a land swap in order to move this entrance/exit further along Old Crompond Rd, citing lack of necessity for this change. The applicant was also resistant to the possibility of another lane on Old Crompond Rd (based on a question from Mr. Flynn), citing how “tight” the development already is on the property. Mr. Flynn asked about snow removal on the site. If snow piles up, some parking spaces might be sacrificed, or else it will be removed from the site.
Sidewalks: Sidewalks will encircle the site and connect to the residences across Old Crompond Rd. “CVS wants to be the neighborhood pharmacy.”
Wetlands: There’s a 590 sq ft wetland in the northeast corner of the CVS parking lot, most likely formed by dumped soil making a berm on the site. It has been delineated and evaluated by Bruce Barber, TOY environmental consultant. Ann Kutter asked about Sherry Brook which is culverted along the Route 202 edge of the site, maintaining that it “saw daylight” at one spot. The applicant said that the brook was entirely underground, having been closed in by the DOT during its recent work on Route 202. According to the applicant, “daylighting” the brook would result in the site turning into a pond. There is a larger wetland on the adjacent property, but this project is outside that controlled area.
Drainage: There’s been extensive drainage system engineering, including sand filters and underground water storage, which is detailed in a separate, written report.
Architecture: CVS has proprietary building designs, but the design incorporates Planning Board comments. For example, the side facing the residential development across Old Crompond Rd has been made more attractive and “softer”, and brick which coordinates with nearby buildings will be used. The 3472 sq ft proposed bank building will be one story and feature brick veneer, stucco, split face block and aluminum exterior surfaces. However, this building’s design may change when a specific tenant is found. Both buildings will have drive-thru windows, so the site needs an interior traffic loop. The drive-thru for CVS will be on the back (Old Crompond Rd side), for the bank on the Stony St. Mr. Tegeder asked about the location of the buildings’ mechanicals and pointed out that roof locations will be visible from the Route 202 hill so additional screening will be necessary. If the flood plain re-delineation doesn’t come out as the applicant hopes, the buildings will have to be elevated 2 ft which could create a problem with the grade of the parking lot.
Legal Issues: The site has several legal issues that need to be resolved. For example, there’s a culvert with no easement in place, so no provision for maintenance. Also, in the past Old Crompond Rd was relocated, but the old road still exists as a paper road with an unclear title on this site.
A Public Informational Hearing is set for April 13, 2015.
Planning Board, 8-11-2014
The applicant presented a concept plan as part of a pre-preliminary application for two new buildings between Route 202 opposite BJs and Old Crompond Road opposite the new Best Plumbing building and across the street from Chase bank. The plan calls for a 12,900 sf CVS building and a standalone 2,500 sf bank building (which might be enlarged) with 74 spaces between the two buildings. Ingress and egress would be from Route 202 and also Old Crompond Road. Both buildings would have drive-thrus. A sidewalk would surround a portion of the site, although it was not clear if the sidewalk would run along Route 202.
In a series of renderings, the architect explained that the traditional CVS red brick template has been modified to create more of a village look and to capture some of the architectural details in the nearby Chase and Best Plumbing buildings. Because the building will be oriented to face Route 202, several Planning Board members expressed concern that the back of the building would face Best Plumbing and the still-to-be-completed building that the owner is trying to lease for a restaurant. They asked the architect to consider changes to the rear of the building to enhance its look, or alternately, rotate the building 90 degrees so that the entrance would face Old Crompond Road. Given the constraints of the site, the architect wasn’t sure if the building could be repositioned.
The board also asked that pedestrian crosswalks be marked in several locations and members wanted more details about truck delivery times and truck access into and out of the site.
The board also requested that in a follow up submission, the applicant provide more detailed information about the auto body shop that abuts the property.