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ST. PAUL-The City of St. Paul and CVS drug store finally hammered out a design for its new store at University and Snelling avenues acceptable to both. Rhode Island-based CVS original design for the 13,000-sf Midway store, which included a windowless wall along University, touched off wide criticism. The St. Paul City Council recently approved the new design.

University United, a coalition of neighborhood groups and businesses, has been battling CVS and its developer, the Velmeir Cos., for months over the design. They argued the initial design, featuring a windowless wall along University, was not fit for such a prominent urban intersection.

Both sides made concessions. The developers suffered project delays and increased the cost of the project by adding windows, ceiling height and other architectural features. Residents didn’t get the larger, denser mixed-use development they thought the site deserved.

CVS, which operates more than 4,200 stores nationwide, says it will enter the Twin Cities market and may open up to 40 stores during the next five years.

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