• 72°

Board talks Dollar General store

The Cumberland County Board of Supervisors voted to set public hearings for a Dollar General store at the intersection of Holman Mill Road and Cumberland Road during its regularly scheduled meeting Sept. 11.

Before that, the Cumberland County Planning Commission will hold public hearings on the general store usage Aug. 27.

The Cumberland County Board of Supervisors discussed the rezoning request and conditional use permit for the store.

The rezoning request would be to rezone the land, approximately 2 and a half acres, from Agricultural-2 to Business-2.

The conditional use permit is for the company to install a sign for the Dollar General if the rezoning request is approved, documentation from the board of supervisors meeting board packet cited.

“The sign that is being applied for is larger than what is permitted by County code,” the board packet cited. The proposed is set to be located at the intersection of Cumberland Road and Holman Mill Road, the site of the former Tipton’s Midway Grocery, which closed in May 2017.

County Planning and Zoning Director J.P. Duncan said in a phone interview Monday that unlike the application for Dollar General that took place in the fall of 2017, it would not be located solely on Holman Mill Road.

“The one done last year … was south of Holman Mill Road, right on (Route 45),” Duncan said. “The board and the planning commission felt like that wasn’t a good place.”

Concerns that surfaced for last year’s permit included adjacent property owners experiencing litter and light pollution, and potential traffic hazards from tractor trailers and other vehicles turning on Route 45 into the store.

In the application for the Dollar General, provided by Duncan Monday, Julia Tipton is listed as the owner of the property at the intersection, and the applicant for the Dollar General store is Par 5 Development Group LLC, the same applicant that applied for the Dollar General in 2017.

The store would have between 6-8 employees with operating hours between 8 a.m.- 10 p.m. “The proposed new building has a total of 7,263 sq. ft. of retail floor space which would require a minimum of 29 parking spaces by Zoning Ordinance. There is a total of 30 standard parking spaces and 2 handicapped/van accessible spaces being proposed,” the application cited.

District One Supervisor William “Bill” Osl said during the Aug. 14 meeting that the initial plan for the store was more plain, without windows.

“I know at least in the current facility, there were a couple things that we asked for and that we got,” Osl said.

He said the requests including placing brick around the building for aesthetic purposes and adjustments to the roof.