North End CVS fight gets national attention

National civic policy publication CityLab looks into the battle over a CVS location proposed for State St. on the edge of Boise’s North End.  

Since BoiseDev first broke word of the pharmacy plan, neighborhood opposition has been fierce, as CityLab notes:

  • CVS ran into a chorus of community opposition, triggering a land-use battle that pits the pharmacy chain against a cadre of spirited smart-growth advocates who say that the drug goliath threatens the town’s essential character.  

Perhaps bowing to pressure, Planning and Zoning nixed a drive through for the project earlier this month  

  • Neighborhood advocates are now waiting to see how CVS will respond; the developer can appeal the decision or build the pharmacy without the drive-thru and try again later. CVS, and the lawyer representing the developer, declined to comment. Boise’s mayor, David Bieter, also did not reply to multiple calls for comment.

Stay tuned.