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Dollar General subdivision
 conditionally approved

(3/31) Proponents of a proposed Dollar General store to be located in Emmitsburg received conditional subdivision approval at the February 31 meeting of the town Planning Commission March 31.

The board also granted approval during a to-be-continued site plan review to allow the store to create 33 parking spaces, five more than required by ordinance.

If the project is ultimately approved by the town, the Dollar General would be located at 501-503 East Main Street, a site presently owned by Francis V. Hobbs, Jr., in the B2 zoning district.

Present at the March 31 planning commissioner meeting to explain the plans for the Dollar General were developer Ty Davenport, director of business development for ACDH Maryland, LLC, and Ed Schreiber, project development for Frederick, Seibert & Associates, Inc.

Regarding the subdivision, plans for constructing the new Dollar General entailed reconfiguring lot lines within the 501-503 East Main Street, two-lot tract, the demolition of various structures, and the construction of a new building to house the proposed Dollar General.

The subdivision approved at the planning commission meeting places an existing resident and adjacent garage on one .23-acre lot, and two other existing structures, on the western portion of the land involved, on a second .97 acre lot. The structures on the second lot will be demolished to make way for the store and the new parking lot.

Conditions set by the commission included the receipt by the State Highway Administration of a conveyance plat to reflect land being given-over to the state, and an approval forestation plan.

The planning commission also commenced with a site plan review submitted for the project.

The store will consist of a 9,100 square feet, of which 7,000 square feet will be retail space. The nonretail area will be used for storage, bathrooms and office space.

The structure will have 25-foot front and back setbacks, and a ten-foot side set-back, along with the approved 33-vehicle parking space, of which two will be for handicap parking. Schreiber said the paved area has also been configured to allow one of Dollar General’s delivery tractor-trailers ease in turning around so it can exit the site cab-first.

The proposed building color would be a tan, with a bronze-brown parapet, according to Davenport. The front end of the building is slated to be split-face block, but could be brick if the town so-chose.

Lighting planned would be building mounted and shielded to prevent glare on neighboring properties. The project planners may also seek three pole lights for security purposes in the parking area. Signage remains to be discussed, as well as any issues at odds with the town’s architectural guidelines.

A continuation of the site plan review has been scheduled for the May meeting of the planning commission.

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