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Westfield Planning Board Approves Subdivisions, Longer Hours for CVS

Joanne Spatola addresses the planning board about drainage concerns for 454 Bryant Avenue. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna
The planning board agreed to approve the subdivision of two lots Credits: Leah Scalzadonna

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Planning Board approved the subdivision of two lots and extended allowed hours for the forthcoming CVS, among other proposals, at Monday night’s meeting.

The board approved the subdivision of 454 Bryant Avenue into two lots for the construction of two new homes. The excavated property, which rests on the border of Westfield and Scotch Plains, sparked drainage concerns from residents of both towns.

“My husband and I never really wanted lake-front property,” Scotch Plains resident Joanne Spatola said. “But we’re beginning to think we’ve bought that. We have significant, significant drainage concerns.”

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The board said they understood the concerns of Spatola and three other citizens, who echoed her fear of increased flooding, but that the new construction should not increase water problems.

“We require all new construction to be pumped into the sewer system if it’s available,” Councilman and planning board member Sam Della Fera said. “It appears that it will be available here. Over time, you won’t see puddles and ice.”

Ultimately, the board unanimously approved the subdivision so long as a pre-preservation mission for trees is provided, the codes for both houses are reviewed and that water drainage is approved by the town engineer prior to construction.

The board also unanimously approved the subdivision of 1011 Wychwood Road into two lots for the construction of two new homes.

Additionally, the CVS Pharmacy that the board approved last month appeared before the board to request an extension for its hours of operation. Representatives of the store originally said it would be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. However, attorney Stephen Hehl said Monday that he meant that the above hours of operation were meant for the pharmacy, not the store itself. The store requested to extend its hours from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

“It’s not the same kind of neighborhood as other stores,” board member Francis Smith said of the approved lot for CVS at 1144 South Avenue. “It’s residential. They said they would restrict hours on the weekend and I think they should stick to that.”

The board, with the exception of Smith, voted to approve the new store hours, with a condition that the store and pharmacy be closed by 9 p.m. on Sundays and that no deliveries take place outside of the originally stated times.

Furthermore, the board approved fence and driveway changes for a home on Lenape Trail and a second-floor porch and freestanding sign for 231 Elmer Street.  

“I think it will be a great improvement to the building,” board president Vincent Wilt said.

An application for a subdivision of 1127 Prospect Street will be carried to the next planning board meeting on May 1.

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