Graphic courtesy of the city of Gardner


Lynn Hermansen
Special to The Gardner News
Revised plans for a CVS Pharmacy were approved by the Gardner Planning Commission April 14. The 9,516 square feet retail commercial pharmacy building with some stipulations will be built at the Northwest Corner of West Main and North Center Streets.
Staff presented to the planning commission their recommendations for reducing the Southside driveway from 41 to 35 feet, adding trees and plants, eliminating blank areas of the North, South and West building sides, building material that meets city design standards, appropriate signage for planned median strip on West Shawnee Street, eliminating the electronic message boards on east façade and other stipulations.
“A lot has happened between July and today,” Matt Fogarty, project manager with Premier Civil Engineering, said presenting on the behalf of CVS to the planning commission. “There has been a lot of back and forth the past 9-10 months just to get here.”
Fogarty said the Gardner CVS will have a more modern look, as the company is trying to get away from the standard brick and mortar look.
The key items of concern, Fogarty said, had been the additional green space, the tweaking of parking and the drive-thru, a free standing wall with a fence next to residents and pedestrian access on Main and Shawnee Streets.
“We have no problems with a few of them,” he said. “But the architect and developer has a problem with some of them.”
In August last year, the Gardner City Council unanimously approved rezoning and final plat for a CVS Pharmacy on the northwest corner of Main Street and Center Street, but plans were delayed due to concerns of the Kansas Department of Transportation regarding left turns onto Main.
The plat planning commissioners originally recommended approving did not require a right-turn lane from westbound Main Street, but council members made that a stipulation in its approval. The changes would have reduced the Main Street landscaping area and pushed the building back slightly.
The Kansas Department of Transportation also requested that left turns onto Main Street from the CVS store be prohibited, which would put more traffic onto Shawnee Street.
In regards to the concrete island width being increased, the left turn lane off of Main Street and various issues, Fogarty said they would follow KDOT’s rules. CVS also had concerns that additional greenery on certain parts of the plat would burn up in the Summer.
Planning commissioners approved all stipulations, but points 7-8 and 10-17. The plans and recommendations are available on the city’s website at: http://www.gardnerkansas.gov/.