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Stamford’s Bull’s Head CVS pulls big-sign plan

November 15, 2018 GMT

STAMFORD — The Bull’s Head CVS had hoped you’d find it easier with a 133-square-foot illuminated sign facing Cold Spring Road, but the pharmacy pulled its application hours before a Wednesday public hearing on the proposal.

The 11th-hour withdraw came after swift and staunch opposition from neighbors who rallied to kill the sign and sent several emails to the city Land Use Bureau condemning it.

Either CVS or the property owner — through a sign company and consultant listed as its advocates — sought a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals to erect the sign because the zoning code only allows a 30-square-foot sign on building sides in the CVS zone, the Neighborhood Business District.

On Facebook, residents were quick to call out the plan.

“It was bad enough when those gorgeous New England trees had to come down for yet another CVS, but now this gaudy sign?” one woman wrote.

“Vote no,” wrote another.

The Planning Board last month unanimously recommended the appeals panel reject the application down.

There are about a half-dozen CVS locations in the city, but this spot has proved the most controversial.

When it was first planned, its appearance drew opposition and prompted more than two years of delays over the design of a retaining wall.

When it opened in early 2011, neighbors then complained of glaring red signage and bright parking-lot lights.

This withdraw is the second controversial plan for Bull’s Head to be quietly pulled amid mounting opposition.

Chick-fil-A had hoped to open a chicken joint with a drive-through just feet south of CVS. After a public hearing, which included speeches from corporate denizens who had flown from Georgia, the chain postponed hearings several times as it attempted to ply the city’s stance on traffic impacts.

The city didn’t budge on its stance that a drive-through and busy restaurant would add traffic, and the chicken chain quietly withdrew its application.

barry.lytton@stamfordadvocate.com; 203-964-2263; @bglytton