LUMBERTON — Lumberton residents may soon have a new place to get their prescriptions filled.
The City Council on Monday unanimously approved a re-zoning request Jason Foil needs to build a new pharmacy at 104 W. 27th St.
The building, formerly occupied by Sam’s Drugstore, sits near Southeastern Regional Medical Center. According to Brandon Love, Planning and Neighborhood Services director, the property has been zoned as office residential, but Foil wants to have it re-zoned to medical arts.
Foil, who owns Lumberton Drug on Fayetteville Road, said he would demolish the current building and construct a new one. Foil said the new building will be similar to his drugstore on Fayetteville Road, but smaller, about 2,000 square feet.
The drugstore would open with four employees, he said. His Fayetteville Road location started with four employees but now has 23.
Also on Monday, the council heard from Steve Player, of The Wooten Company, about a plan to construct a new building for Lumberton Christian Care Center. The current building, located in the former Goodyear Hotel on First Street, has housed the center since 1986 but is in disrepair.
Player said the new facility, which would cost about $800,000, could be built in three phases. The first phase would provide the food services component; the second phase would provide shelter for homeless people and housing for staff members; and the third phase would be transitional housing, “longer-term residential care for people who have no other choice but to seek assistance here,” Player said.
The project would be funded by a $500,000 Community Block Development Grant with other assistance possibly coming from a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant.
“We have a number of other funding sources that we … have already contacted and are very, very excited about what’s going on here,” Player said.
Also on Monday, the council:
— Presented the Light of the World Church with the Pride in Lumberton award.
— Approved an amendment to the city ’s 401-K plan to include a one-year waiting period before new employees qualify for a contribution from the city.
— Approved the demolition of an unsafe house at 1801 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
— Referred a petition to the Planning Board for a conditional-use permit that Wesley Pines needs to expand its nursing home and independent living facility.
— Authorized the Police Department to apply for a grant to help continue funding the department’s traffic enforcement team.
— Authorized the Police Department to sell 45 old firearms to Lumberton police officers.
— Authorized the Public Works Department to re-bid the purchase of a side arm mower tractor.
— Designated $100 of Community Revitalization Funds from Precinct 1 to the Lumberton High’s cheerleading team, and another $100, also from Precinct 1, to the Robeson County Special Olympics.
— Approved the purchase of three vehicles for the detective division of the Lumberton Police Department at a cost of $51,948.
— Approved a contract with Koonce, Noble and Associates for engineering services associated with the repair and optimization of water plant filters.
— Adopted a utility agreement to relocate water and sewer lines for the Exit 22 bridge replacement project.
— Awarded a contract to ECS Carolinas LLP for construction materials testing and special inspections for the new Police Department building.
— Approved a $3,134 change order as an adjustment to the hazard material remediation allowance for the Police Department project.
— Authorized Management Information Systems to dispose of surplus city property.