(Jan. 25, 2013) A West Ocean City pharmacy is relocating from Route 611 to Route 50, the gateway into the resort.
The CVS pharmacy broke ground in November across Keyser Point Road from the Rite-Aid. The existing CVS in the Food Lion Shopping Center will close when the new CVS opens this spring.
Originally, the site had been home to Harley-Davidson of Ocean City. That business moved to Berlin near Stephen Decatur High School so it could have more space and the upscale Avalon Market moved in. After the Avalon went out of business, the site remained vacant for more than a year.
The West Ocean City site most recently housed Mattress Discounters, which had to be demolished so the new CVS could be constructed.
Because a new commercial structure was being built, it had to adhere to the county’s Design Guidelines and Standards for Commercial Uses when its project engineers presented the plans to the county’s Planning Commission in June 2011.
The Planning Commission stressed the importance of continuing the seaside architectural look already in use in the area by the Gina Renee Center, the Wine Rack and Applebee’s. Its members at the time were particularly concerned with the appearance of commercial buildings nearing the entrance into Ocean City.
Since then, the Chick-fil-A and Chipotles, built in the Seaside Village Commercial Center on the north side of Route 50 near the bridge, have adhered to those design guidelines and standards for the seaside architectural style. The other styles in the guidelines and standards are town center and agricultural. In some areas of the county, the styles may overlap, but the area along Route 50 east of Herring Creek going into the resort, the West Ocean City area, has the seaside tradition.
The county’s guidelines and standards state, among many other things, that commercial buildings should not clash with the county’s architectural traditions and neighborhood character, should have simple rooflines and sufficient green space.
The CVS will have a double drive-through for prescriptions. One will be for dropping off prescription orders and the other will be for picking up the prescribed medicines.
To accommodate the store and drive-through, the company had to purchase two vacant single-family residences, former rental property, behind the site. That area will be used for storm water management.
The existing service road, which runs from Keyser Point Road along the back of the construction site to the adjacent WaWa, will remain. West Ocean City residents often use that short back road as an entrance and exit to avoid heavy traffic on Route 50.