Alderman Michelle Johnson, who owns property near the proposed location, signed the petition and will not vote on the proposal when it comes before the board.
“In this case, both the house that I own, and a rental property I own are so close to the property in question that it could impact our home values,” she said.
Town Clerk Catherine Wilson said Johnson’s exclusion from the vote means that four of the five remaining aldermen must vote for the rezoning for it to be approved.
And Alderman Dan Coleman said that although the petition does not determine the board’s stance toward the proposal, it will play a factor in his final decision about the rezoning.
“It certainly indicates a higher level of concern from residents, and it puts a higher level of agreement on us as aldermen,” he said.
Residents have worried that the building’s size and the increase in traffic it could cause might destroy Carrboro’s small-town feel.
Mike DeAngelis, director of public relations for CVS, said in an email that the company was aware of the petition and looking forward to discussing the rezoning with the board.
Debra Seaton, who owns a family dentistry office on the property, said she worries other residents won’t see the benefits that an expanded CVS could bring.
CVS also purchased Seaton’s office when they bought the property.
“I hope people are really considering what their goals are and what their hopes for Carrboro are, because if this doesn’t happen, then that property might sit empty for a long time,” she said.
The board will vote on the rezoning at a public hearing on April 17.
“This will be a chance for anyone who has a concern about the proposal to come say something,” Coleman said.
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