The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

December 7, 2012

Panel to hear store details

CONNEAUT —  Details about a new Dollar General store earmarked for Conneaut’s downtown district will be unveiled at a Planning Commission meeting Wednesday night.

Representatives from Zaremba Group will present its plans for a 9,100-square foot store at the meeting, according to a Nov. 29 letter to Deanna Gates, the city’s planning/zoning manager. Four buildings will be demolished to make room for the structure, officials have said.

The Zaremba letter gives some clues about the building, which would rise at the northwest corner of the intersection. Parking would be located between the building and Harbor Street. The exterior would be a blend of masonry and metal fascia panels, the letter states.

At a press conference on Oct. 22, officials said construction could start early next year. A Dollar General that has operated for years in a storefront at Main and Washington streets would close.

Earlier this year, a different developer, GBT Realty of Nashville, sought permission to rezone land at West Main and Parrish roads to accommodate a Dollar General store. The Planning Commission approved the rezoning application, but City Council — which has final say on all zoning changes — voted 6-1 against the application, saying the location wasn’t right.

Early last month, City Manager Tim Eggleston said GBT was still interested in building its own Dollar General and was looking at property at West Main and Gore roads. That parcel is located in an area already zoned to accept retail business.

It’s believed GBT is poised to start seeking the necessary permits very soon, officials have said.

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