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Posted: Tuesday, 04 March 2014 1:00PM

Opposition Launched To Location Of Proposed CVS Pharmacy In St. Joseph

There is a growing opposition to the proposed CVS pharmacy in the city of St. Joseph. Rick and Sue Stobbelaar live on Myrtle Avenue near the site on Niles Avenue and are organizing a petition drive to stop the rezoning for the pharmacy.


Developers from Indianapolis want to turn the land currently home to Florin Funeral Home at Niles and Napier into the CVS, with the funeral business set to move elsewhere. Florin also owns one home on Niles that the developers are seeking to purchase to make way for their project, which still needs the approval of the Michigan Departments of Transportation and Environmental Quality along with the city's blessing. Stobbelaar has some issues with the proposed site.


They plan to speak to the St. Joseph Planning Commission Thursday afternoon when they meet at 4:30 and have to have the petitions turned in by Wednesday afternoon. Stobbelaar is focusing in the area around where the CVS would be located for gathering petition signatures and as of midday Tuesday they were nearing three dozen signatures opposed to the pharmacy. He thinks there are plenty of other locations which could work outside of the city limits, including Lakeland's health park campus at Maiden Lane and Hollywood, along Lakeshore Drive or even the abandoned Walgreen's location in Benton Township at Pipestone and Napier.


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