CVS To Weigh Costs of Proposed Alternative Plan

     THE Committee for Responsible Development on 25th Street, representing the community organizations of South and North Charles Village, has won at least a temporary stay of execution for the 10 endangered Edwardian townhouses at the intersection of Charles and 25th Streets.
     According to Doug Armstrong, chair of the Committee, CVS officials have requested detailed cost figures to substantiate the committee’s claim that it would be less expensive to redevelop the existing properties--preserving their facades--than to demolish them and build from scratch.
     “We’re in document-producing mode,” he said.
     In addition to the cost savings, the committee is stressing to CVS that preserving the look and feel of Charles Village architecture would also create community goodwill for the Rhode Island-based company.
     The proposed alternative plan, by architect Calvin Kern Kobsa, calls for preserving the facades of the buildings on 25th Street, and includes spaces for small business tenants at street level, in conformance with the feel of the block.

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This story was published on Apr. 7, 1999.