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CVS plan OK’ed by FD board

Change allows company to avoid area of contamination

December 19, 2012
By BILL SHEA ( , Messenger News

The plan to build a CVS/pharmacy on Fifth Avenue South will advance despite some environmental restrictions on the property thanks to Fort Dodge Board of Adjustment action Tuesday.

The board voted to allow construction of the building 107 feet from the front of the property on Fifth Avenue South between 20th and 21st streets.

That placement allows the company to avoid a contaminated area created by a previous fuel leak. However, city zoning laws require that buildings on that section of Fifth Avenue South be a maximum of 40 feet from the front property line, so placing the pharmacy 107 feet back required approval by the board.

The 13,225 square foot store is scheduled to open in 2014.

The former Sun Market & Deli II, the vacant building that housed Tequila's restaurant and two houses on the east side of 20th Street near Fifth Avenue South will be demolished to make room for the store.

FEPH - Acquistions Fund II, of Chicago, Ill., has contracts to buy all of that land, company spokeswoman Anne Walters told the board Tuesday. She said her company is the ''preferred developer'' for CVS/pharmacy, which is a national chain.

The property where the former convenience store and the old restaurant are located is owned by Gemini Land Co., of Fort Dodge.

The contamination is on the former convenience store site. In 2009, there was a rupture in the pipes linking the gasoline pumps to the underground storage tanks. Fuel leaked out and contaminated the surrounding soil. The state Department of Natural Resources will not allow any buildings to be constructed over the contaminated area, which extends 105 feet into the property.

Angela Torres, the associate city planner, recommended that the Board of Adjustment approve a special exception to allow CVS/pharmacy to build 107 feet from the property line. She said because of the contamination, the lot would be unusable unless a special exception is granted.

She added that granting the special exception would not adversely impact the public interest.

The board voted unanimously to award the special exception.



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