CVS to put fence around Carrboro building entered by protesters
Posted February 8, 2012
Updated February 9, 2012
Carrboro, N.C. — Representatives from CVS met with community protesters Wednesday over the future site of a drugstore in downtown Carrboro that was occupied by a group calling itself Carrboro Commune over the weekend.
Developer Leigh Polzella said the company would be putting up a chain link fence around the vacant building, at 201 N. Greensboro St., as soon as possible.
"In light of this weekend's events, we will be securing the property," she said.
Saturday night, more than a dozen people went inside the building to express their opposition to CVS, but they left after being asked repeatedly by Mayor Mark Chilton and police officers.
The protesters gathered again on Sunday, but they stayed outside the building, which they said they had hoped would become a community center.
"You should turn the property back over to the community and maybe we can fit CVS in somewhere," demonstrator Maria Rowan said.
The building is currently in a residential zone, town officials said. That will have to change before the CVS deal is finalized, so the town will be meeting with company representatives in March to address the zoning issue.
Some residents living near the site of the future drugstore said, while they don't want a CVS in their neighborhood, they don't agree with protesters' actions. Future Carrboro CVS site will get fence to keep out protesters
"This is my neighborhood," said Jackie Tanner. "Go fight the zoning issue. This is not the place."