As many of you can most likely recall, EllwoodCity.org’s previous journalist, Jonathon Cortez, posted months earlier bringing almost constant updates about St. Agatha’s destruction in order to build a new CVS Pharmacy; he even wrote a lengthy opinion piece about his thoughts of it.
He stated that he believed the destruction of St. Agatha was a mistake, mainly because it was one of the oldest buildings in Ellwood and it should be protected as such.
He emphasized that there are other similar pharmacies in the area and a Rite Aid across the street from the proposed CVS, so it seemed a bit pointless to be adding a new one, especially in the place of a historic building. He even compromised saying that if they must do something with the building a good alternative “would have been to get a business that would have used St. Agatha as is or used the materials to make a building with similar architecture to preserve the look of the block.”
Sadly, the demolition of the church has long been completed and a CVS has been slowly taking its place.
After months of constructing the brand new building, and as long as all goes according to plan, CVS officials have scheduled the store’s opening date to September 18, 2016.