Hearing for planned store draws critics
TOMS BROOK — A public hearing on two items directly impacting the fate of the town’s proposed Dollar General store brought plenty of critics and few supporters Thursday night.
The proposed Dollar General would be built at 3224 S. Main St., next to the old school, and would amass 9,100 square feet.
The public hearing on Thursday night sought comments on two items: a text amendment to an ordinance requiring one parking space for every 200 square feet of business floor space, and an application to rezone the lot from a residential to B1 property.
Concerns were leveled against the plan regarding increased traffic, crime activity and lowered property values that might arise from a new business such as Dollar General.
Robert Rosenberger, who said he lives 200 yards away from the proposed site, spoke out against the store.
He said he was worried about the town setting a precedent for people flipping residential lots to commercial ones.
Susan Eldridge said she moved to Toms Brook because it was mostly residential and lacked businesses.
“I think it would be one of the worst things we could ever do,” she said. “I lived near where they put in a store and it did nothing but make the neighborhood the worst neighborhood we moved out of.”
Connie Broy said she would rather have more small local businesses instead of a chain store.
“There’s a Dollar General six minutes north and six minutes south,” she said. “We feel we don’t need one in the center of town.”
Teresa Funkhouser spoke in favor of the Dollar General.
“Lots of older folks in town don’t have cars, can walk and get reasonably priced items,” she said. ” … I think it would be a good tax base for Toms Brook.”
Following the public’s comments, the Planning Commission approved sending both items to the Town Council, which will vote on them at its meeting on Thursday.
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