Despite the emphatic nature of the emails I received from Karen Smith (the Rite Aid real estate representative) plainly stating that they were in fact pulling out of the deal; it seems that NOM is marching to the beat of a different drum. City Paper journalist and long time advocate of smart development, William Williams wrote another story on this matter in Tuesdays issue, and some of the contents of said article have some in the community scratching their heads.
According to the CP article, NOM seems to be stating that Rite Aid is still in the game and seeking "a compromise" with the community. I think it's safe to assume that by compromise they mean only one row of parking, as opposed to three, fronting Charlotte Avenue.
Stay tuned for developments.