Where did the ramp at CVS go?

The ramp at the entry to CVS has been eliminated; wheelchair must use the far side of the store to gain access.

The ramp at the entry to CVS has been eliminated; wheelchair must use the far side of the store to gain access.

Town residents — including seniors from Ballard Green — are up in arms over the moving of a wheelchair ramp at the CVS drugstore on Main Street.

Workers recently replaced the ramp at CVS with one less steep and in the center of the store, but public opinion seems to say ‘put it back where it was.’

“Can someone tell me why CVS did this?” asked Tashi Fleming on the town’s Facebook page.

“I walked to town with my daughter in her stroller and had to lift her up on the curb. I understand if you wanted to put steps but why take away the ramp all together?”

How are people in wheelchairs supposed to get in CVS now, asked resident Sharon Angevine Scott, also writing on the Facebook page.

“Doesn’t it need to be wheelchair accessible?” asked resident Robin Schaffner Prokopczyk.

There is only a narrow walkway for a wheelchair to get through from where the ramp is now, said resident Carolanne Miller Kane.

It was not immediately clear why the work was being done or who ordered it to be done.

CVS had nothing to do with the change, said store manager Joanne Ripley. The work crews showed up one day and CVS was not part of the decision, she said.

She heard complaints from customers as well.

“We’ve been directing customers to send their complaints to Town Hall. We don’t know who the landlord is and have no contact with the landlord,” Ripley said.

The town hall did get calls about it.

“There are people who called the office about it, but they are told it is private property and we have no jurisdiction over private property,” said First Selectman Rudy Marconi.

The missing ramp first came to light last week when a senior citizen from Ballard Green called The Press to complain. Over the weekend, the Facebook page filled up with comments about the ramp.

The tax assessor lists Benenson Funding Corp. of New York City as the owner. A call there was not immediately returned.

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