Created on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 Written by NATE SMITH
The Liberty Township planning commission will wait at least two weeks before deciding whether or not to grant a conditional use permit to a retail chain looking to build on the north edge of West Liberty.
Bob Gage, Vice President of Net Lease Development for GBT Realty Corporation, a site developer working on behalf of retailer Dollar General, addresses residents’ concerns Tuesday during a meeting of the planning commission for Liberty Township. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)
However, local residents and business leaders in attendance Tuesday made plain their opposition to placement of a 9,100 square-foot Dollar General store that would be located on a two-acre parcel of land at 6253 S. U.S. Route 68.
Citing concerns over increased traffic in the area, and the impact on local businesses, every person that addressed the Liberty Township Trustees' planning commission spoke out against a Dollar General store coming to town.
The proposed location is a residential zone and Dollar General's developer needs Liberty Township to grant a conditional use permit to build there.
For its part, the planning commission said it wants to seek input from its counsel, particularly about what can be done to require Dollar General to build a more aesthetically pleasing building, which was another concern voiced by residents.
Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Paul Benedetti openly questioned whether a Dollar General store could be profitable in that location.
Mr. Benedetti, and Green Hills Community CEO Mike Ray also expressed concern for local businesses, particularly Thoman's IGA grocery store and C&R pharmacy.
The planning commission reconvenes at 7 p.m. June 24, and is expected to decide on the matter then.
CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect that Liberty Township intends to discuss the matter with its legal team, not the village council in West Liberty
Get more in-depth coverage of this story in Wednesday's Examiner.