Site clearing under way for CVS on Marietta Pike; houses will be razed BY DEAN LEE EVANS, Correspondent
A project that will build a freestanding CVS Pharmacy store next to the Centerville Square shopping center in East Hempfield Township is under way.
In the coming weeks, eight houses and accessory buildings on nine lots at the southwest corner of Marietta Pike and Centerville Road will be razed to make room for the store.
"CVS plans to have the store open by September," said developer Kevin Lahn, vice president of R.J. Waters & Associates Inc. of Kennett Square.
Tuesday, several houses could be found in various states of demolition, and a significant portion of the land had been graded. Piles of building materials were being loaded onto trucks and hauled away.
The new CVS would replace the current store near the Giant grocery in the shopping center.
Lahn said a new access drive would connect Marietta Pike and the shopping center. The entrance to the CVS would be off that drive. He said the Marietta Pike access would be limited to right-in, right-out only. Most traffic now enters the shopping center at a signalized entrance on Centerville Road. In addition, Lahn said, Centerville Road from the shopping center entrance to Marietta Pike would be widened as part of East Hempfield's larger, long-term plan to improve traffic flow on the busy road.
Traffic signals at the intersections of Marietta Pike and Centerville Road and Marietta Pike and Stony Battery Road would be synchronized to also improve the flow of traffic that the new store is expected to generate.
"The access drive and road widening would be completed before CVS opens," Lahn said.
He said CVS would be the only tenant on the combined tracts, which total 5.64 acres.
Lahn said the majority of the combined tract has been sold to CVS, but a joint easement exists for the access drive and stormwater facilities on the site.
Lahn did not have costs associated with construction of the new store, and he said the purchase price of the nine properties was "confidential information."
According to newspaper reports on Lancaster County deeds filed the week of Feb. 11-15, Centerville Development Co. and Robert J. Waters recently conveyed property on Marietta Pike to Pennsylvania CVS Pharmacy LLC for $2,925,000.
The Lancaster County Geographic Information Systems website currently lists Centerville Development Co. as the holder of 10 properties in Centerville, including the nine properties currently being razed for the CVS project and the 12.4-acre tract that comprises the Centerville Square shopping center.
When the CVS project was first proposed, residents raised concerns at township meetings of the possibility of increased traffic in the area. Despite those concerns, developers cleared the final hurdle for the project last September without any further comments from the public.
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