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West Liberty residents express concerns over proposed Dollar General (Audio included)

Liberty Township conducted a community meeting Tuesday.

The meeting was held to possibly grant Dollar General a conditional use waiver. The waiver would allow the store chain to build on a two-acre parcel of land between Consolidated Care and South Union Cemetery (proposed site pictured below). The land is currently zoned R-1 or residential.

The meeting gave the community a chance to voice its concerns.

Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce President Paul Benedetti spoke on behalf of the locally owned and operated businesses. He noted that Dollar General could have an impact on these businesses.

Benedetti comments on the meeting.

Other concerns included:

Building aesthetics

Quality of the products

Traffic/accidents

Green Hills’ residents walking to the store along 68

Store location

Other similar stores in the area

Clashes with the community’s identity

The proposed store would be a 9,100 square-foot facility. The store would employ between ten to 15 people. Half of those employees would be full-time.

The stores appearance would be prototypical for a Dollar General. A six-foot wooden privacy fence would go along the properties northern, eastern, and southern borders.

A traffic study will be conducted if the waiver is approved.

The Liberty Township Planning Commission chose to table their decision until June 24th. The meeting will begin at 7 pm.

If Dollar General does not receive the waiver, the chain will more than likely not pursue a West Liberty store.

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