By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — The City Council this week agreed to purchase the triangular, postage stamp-size lot at Busy Corner, the junction of Union Avenue and Church Street, for $1 and to accept a donation of $20,000 from CVS Pharmacy, the owner of the property, to design and landscape the parcel.
The lot, a mere 0.058 of an acre, is nearly a perfect isosceles triangle with two sides of 94.12 feet and 94.85 feet and a third of 55.81 feet. The building, topped by the sign proclaiming "Busy Corner,"which has stood on the lot and undergone a skein of uses since 1917, will be demolished.
Originally, CVS planned to develop it and submitted a sketch showing a paved doughnut with a planted center in the middle of the triangle bounded on three sides by perennial grasses and shrubs. However, City Manager Scott Myers said that the city will likely develop a fresh design, which will not contain elements that would obscure the view of the CVS pharmacy itself. At the same time, Myers said that the city has granted the request of CVS to move its sign from the entrance to the pharmacy on Union Avenue to the edge of its parking lot nearer Busy Corner.
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