Votes are scheduled Monday night for the St. Joseph City Commission on what has become a controversial development proposal. CVS wants to build a new pharmacy, which would be its first in Berrien County, on Niles Avenue at Napier where Florin Funeral Home now stands. That location is closing this summer, and Florin's representative has said if the city commission does not approve the CVS, they will sell the land to developers who want to put in a gas station which would not require rezoning or public hearings. The drugstore proposal has met with stiff opposition from those who live nearby who said they think it will create too many traffic problems among other concerns. That has forced developers to make several modifications to the original plans. Along with voting on the Planned Unit Development for CVS, commissioners will vote on extending Napier by a few hundred feet past Niles to allow for another entrance to the parcel. The city commission toured the parcel Thursday afternoon to get a first-hand look at what the development would entail. The city commission meeting Monday night starts at 6 pm, and the CVS proposals are at the end of the agenda.
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