New Haven CVS relocation worries some

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — CVS on the busy Whalley Avenue corridor in New Haven’s Westville section is looking to relocate. Not too far though. About a block away to the corner of Whalley and Dayton.

“The concern with the community is whether or not this is going to increase the traffic coming into Dayton Street,” said neighborhood City Alder Richard Furlow.

Furlow is on-board with the move. He said the new CVS will be bigger and include a drive-thru, while still conforming to the historic character of Westville. But since there’s already a CVS in the neighborhood, this relocation should have minimal traffic impacts.

“This CVS is offering the Minute Clinic, bigger pharmacy, more groceries,” said Furlow.

The New Haven Board of Zoning and Appeals approved parking lot modifications Tuesday night. One more step closer to final approval for the overall project. But not all residents agree with the plans since traffic on Whalley is already a big issue.

“There’s going to be too much noise and more traffic,” Adrienne Miles said from her nearby front driveway. “I don’t think it’s a good idea.”

Several properties will be demolished to make way for the new location. Including a liquor store, plus an apartment building that houses recovering alcoholics. While some object, other neighbors are looking forward to the changes.

“Sad people have to lose their apartment and the place where they live, but if that’s how if has to go and it has to be there, well, that’s how it has to go,” said Josette Morris, who lives close by.

The public will get another chance to voice their opinion to city leaders when CVS representatives come for a site plan meeting.

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