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County approves new Dollar General store

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NASHVILLE — Nash County commissioners rezoned property last week and issued a conditional use permit that will allow Dollar General to build a new store at Flood’s Chapel Crossroads midway between Spring Hope and Bailey.

After a required public hearing Sept. 9, the board unanimously approved the motions necessary to rezone two lots totaling 1.76 acres from a mixture of RC rural commercial, R-30 and R-40 residential zones to GC-CU general commercial and conditional use.

County Planning Director Adam Tyson said Dollar General Corp.’s proposed site plan depicts a 9,100 square-foot retail store with a 46-space paved parking lot. The project will cost an estimated $1.3 million and the store will employ six to eight full-time employees within two years.

The intersection is where N.C. 581 crosses N.C. 97, and the new store will face Flood’s Chapel Baptist Church across N.C. 581. Under the proposed site plan, the store will be accessible only from N.C. 581.

Tyson said the conditional use permit would only allow the Dollar General store as submitted, no other uses. It also requires the developer to combine the existing two lots into a single parcel and to have all required permits. He also noted that the state Department of Transportation is planning a major safety upgrade at the intersection.

He said the store is “basically there to serve existing residents.” The intersection has previously had three stores, no longer there.

The proposed store drew several opponents at the public hearing. Besides concerns about stormwater drainage, opponents also objected to the increase in traffic and asked why another Dollar General store was needed when Dollar General has similar stores in Spring Hope, Bailey and the Sandy Cross community outside Nashville.

Tyson added that the site plan allowed for adequate stormwater drainage and was set up to meet other watershed protection requirements.

Questions were raised about NCDOT plans for the intersection, including whether it would include a stoplight. Although commissioners moved ahead with the rezoning, noting that DOT plans would likely not affect the store, Commissioner Wayne Outlaw said he would contact the DOT and “try to determine exactly what their thoughts are.”

Without any public opposition, the board also approved rezoning a 1.3-acre lot, an undeveloped parcel of the Joyners Crossing at Mill Branch Shopping Center at the intersection of N.C. 97 and South Halifax Road, from RC-rural commercial to GC-general commercial.

Tyson said the property owner, Robert C. Davis, wanted the rezoning to allow “a broader range of opportunities” for development under the new zone. He said the proposed rezoning was consistent with the county’s land use plan and existing surrounding zoning.