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CHURCH, DRUGSTORE WAIT ON VARIANCES

The necessary variances for a CVS drugstore at Fourth and Main streets and a church on property at 268 Lake Shore Drive East are being held until the Planning Board makes recommendations.

The Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday night reserved decision on both. The Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday to consider site plans for the two projects.

The drugstore is to occupy the southwest corner of Main and Fourth, and three buildings will need to be demolished. Questions have been raised about parking, a buffer zone and the position of a drive-through prescription window.

The other matter involves Iglesia Pentecostal y Misionera Inc. The congregation has been meeting in the Methodist Church and would like to rent the Lake Shore Drive East property for use until it has its own building.

Four neighbors opposed the project because of concerns about parking, additional traffic and congestion.

The Rev. Eugenio R. Padin, pastor, said the property has a parking lot in the rear, but residents said the owners, John and Valerie Mackowiak, have cars parked there. The board asked that the owners be present at the next meeting on Sept. 29 to answer questions.

Neighbors said the area is already congested with parking from St. Hyacinth Catholic Church, a school and the Moniuszko Club on the corner of Armadillo Street.

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