The OB Planning Board has a meeting this Wednesday, Dec.4th and CVS Pharmacy’s requested alcohol permit is an agenda item. CVS is planning to move into the former Apple Tree Market building on Santa Monica Avenue in downtown OB.
At last month’s Planning Board meeting, Gretchen Newsom, the head of the OB Town Council, had requested CVS to provide a “Community Benefits Package” and to detail how CVS proposes to involve itself in the local community. For example, the local Rite Aid has refused to provide assistance with the annual OB Food and Toy Drive by declining to host our donation collection canisters – and the OBTC wanted to know if CVS would follow similar “corporate policies” whereby the assistance and benefit to the local community are non-existent or severely deficient.
The Ocean Beach Town Council did extensive work on rewriting the Community Benefits Package to its current condition. CVS has agreed to their revisions and requests.
While it is unfortunate that the property owner was not successful in leasing the Apple Tree lot to another grocer (as desired and advocated by the community and OB leaders), CVS is adament that they want to be a long term OB community partner and they have taken steps to address community concerns about their sale of alchol and their benefit to the Ocean Beach community.
Especially noteworthy items that the Ocean Beach Town Council successfuly advocated for inclusion in the Community Benefits Package include the following:
- CVS will preserve and restore the existing mural (less Apple Tree name), or replace it with a new mural from a community artist that CVS agrees to select with community involvement and/or host a community art mural produced at the Ocean Beach Street Fair.
- CVS commits to supporting the annual OB Food and Toy Drive by hosting receptacles for community donations of money, food, and toys.
- CVS will participate with the community in efforts to make any surplus parking open for public use for community businesses (i.e. potentially making this a free parking lot)
- CVS will enhance Ocean Beach’s food access by offering a variety of groceries, including refrigerated items (such as milk and eggs) and canned and boxed items (such as cereal , canned soup, frozen vegetables), and CVS will evaluate the feasibility of offering a limited selection of fresh produce contingent on food and safety regulations and permitting.
- CVS supports the local economy and will provide a process whereby local vendors and suppliers can submit products to be sold within the Ocean Beach CVS location (e.g. – Direct Store Delivery Supplier system or DSD). (an example might be selling James Gang T-Shirts the OB CVS)
- CVS will be supportive of a plastic bag ban ordinance (as passed by the City of Solana Beach and considered for enactment by the City of San Diego) and will sell reusable recycled totes.