Planned Rte. 9 CVS has “folkloric” Wellesley neighborhood fired up

Neighbors of a Wellesley area along Rte. 9 that one resident calls “folkloric” have hired a consultant to present a different view of what traffic impact a new CVS could have there. Neighbors aren’t buying CVS claims that customers will be able to get in and out of the store via the air and underground tunnels (or however they claim patrons will visit the store without disrupting the neighborhood). Rather, they expect lots of cut-through traffic by customers looking to avoid Rte.9 traffic, and that’s exactly what the consultant found in his review of the situation. A Wellesley Townsman report on the topic even quotes one neighbor as warning about how someone’s “going to get killed on Beechwood Road” due to the increased traffic. The consultant and neighbors have outlined suggestions for “traffic calming” measures to be taken by CVS if the planned business does get the town’s OK.

The Wellesley Planning Board will have a public hearing Feb. 22 to pick up the discussion.