CHARLES TOWN. W.Va. — On a 5-3 vote Tuesday, the Charles Town City Council denied requests from nearly 100 residents to hold a public hearing on the building of a proposed CVS Pharmacy downtown.
The requests came to the council in letters signed by 94 residents opposed to the new pharmacy at the corner of West Washington and North West streets. They’re upset because the project will cause the demolition of four buildings in the Downtown Charles Town Historic District. Included is a decrepit 18th-century log home long since covered in siding on the corner of North West and Liberty streets.
The project has received initial approval from the city’s planning commission and the blessing of its Historic Landmark Commission.
The West Virginia Division of Highways has approved left-hand turns into the parking lot by eastbound traffic and right turns by vehicles heading west. It denied a CVS request to allow vehicles exiting the parking lot to turn east on to Washington Street.