STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) — Staunton City Council is considering a special use permit for another Dollar General in the city. The proposed location is at the intersection of Springhill Road and Route 262, just inside the city limits on the northern side of the city.
Back in April, the planning commission heard the request from the JMB Investment Company, who is working on the project. Planning commission minutes show neighbors of the project had concerns with how the project would fit in with the neighboring homes, as well as concerns about the impact to traffic.
The planning commission voted to recommend denial of the request, citing concerns about impact to the area. The area is zoned B-3, which is business, but Andrea Oakes, a city council member, said a special use permit is required since it would be retail.
Last week, city council held a public hearing on the project during the city council meeting. Oakes said citizens brought up concerns at the meeting.
"A lot of citizens are concerned about the traffic and the citizens walking to and from the Dollar General," Oakes said. "So safety was the biggest issue of all."
WHSV spoke to neighbors along Springhill Road, and some voiced concerns about the traffic impact as well.
The investment company provided additional information about the project to city council shortly before the meeting, including a traffic study and responses to citizen concerns. City council members decided to continue the public hearing until next week to allow for time to look over the new information. You can find that information here .
"We want to be fair to everyone involved. We want to consider the citizens, we want to consider a new business in the city of Staunton."
This would not be the first Dollar General in the city. There are two other locations, one on West Beverley and another on Greenville Avenue.
A spokesperson for Dollar General said right now they are reviewing the opportunity to add a new store in the area, but they haven't committed. As of now, they expect to have a final decision by the fall of 2019. They say when choosing store locations, meeting customers' needs is their top priority.
You can find Dollar General's full statement below:
At this time, we are currently in our due diligence phase for a new Dollar General in Staunton that would be located off Springhill Road. This means we are reviewing the opportunity to add a new store in the area, but we have not committed to doing so just yet. Based on our current timeline, we anticipate having a final decision on this by fall 2019.
When choosing store locations, meeting customers’ needs is Dollar General’s top priority. The company looks for places where we can offer customers an easy and convenient shopping choice. We know convenience is a major factor in our customers' shopping decisions as we generally serve customers within a three to five mile radius, or 10 minute drive. We also take demographic trends, competitive factors, traffic patterns and community concerns into consideration.