There was plenty to celebrate at the 49'r in Dundee Tuesday night, after the Omaha City Council voted No to a CVS Pharmacy in the area.
Omahans living in Dundee came to the city's Legislative Chambers in droves Tuesday, to voice their opposition to a proposed CVS pharmacy in their neighborhood.
"How many people in this room do not want this project and this rezoning to go forward," asked Jenny Allgood. A sea of hands raised in the legislative chambers.
A petition was also introduced to the council, containing over 1700 signatures of area residents.
The proposed CVS would have sat at the corner of 49th and Dodge streets.
"How are you going to turn left off of Dodge, into that business, especially in the mornings without causing a problem?" asked Andy Hale of Omaha.
Traffic, the size of the store, the historical value of the area were all brought to the podium by opponent after opponent.
Neighbors say a building and the homes in the proposed CVS retail space that would be demolished are nearly 100 years old.
Dundee residents also didn't understand why CVS Pharmacy wanted to tear down the existing businesses when there are empty buildings, like an old Target store at Saddle Creek and Dodge that could be used instead.
"It just doesn't work, there's a number of flaws and faults with that particular location," says Larry Jobeun, a lawyer who represented CVS during the public hearing.
CVS defended the plans against major neighborhood opposition, and the company had met all requirements by the city and county thus far.
But 4 of the 7 city council members sided with the neighbors on the issue.
"I'm not going to say that you all wasted your breath, but I think they lost me at the parking lot. The sheer size of that parking lot disturbs me especially as it relates to that neighborhood," said Councilman Ben Gray.
The store would have brought 29 jobs to the area and projected annual sales were around $10 million.
Jobeun says he isn't sure what step the company will take from here, but believes they may choose a different area of town all together, if they decide to build another store in Omaha.