NEWTOWN -- Walgreens has altered portions of the building it proposed for the corner of South Main Street and Mile Hill Road after complaints from neighbors at the last public hearing.
Instead of a 48-foot cupola, the building will have a 36-foot cross-cable roof, according to
from Vector Architecture & Design Services, who is responsible for designing this particular Walgreens.
"I think some of the changes made to the site, (specifically) the cupola is good," said
, of the
National Shooting Sports Foundation
, which owns the property that abuts the site on Mile Hill Road.
Walgreens also said its elevated sign off Mile Hill Road will be only 10 feet tall and will be indirectly lit, instead of internally lit, to fit in better with the surrounding community.
Applicant Newtown Main LLC gave town officials an environmental study before Thursday night's Planning and Zoning meeting and assured the commission members Walgreens would not want to build on the site if it has a high level of contamination.
"Walgreens will not accept building on a property that isn't more than squeaky clean -- well above and beyond state regulations," said
of Newtown Main.
But despite the changes,, the commission remained unsatisfied with the drive-up window and the entrances from Main Street and Mile Hill Road.
"I'm very unhappy with the drive-through," chairman
said. "Without the drive-through you wouldn't even need the special design district."
Dean said Walgreens initially applied for the special design district because of the drive-through, internally illuminated sign and height of the building, but it has since compromised on the sign and the height of the building.
The commission closed public hearings and will reconvene Nov. 6 to discuss and vote on the application.
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