The town of Springport held a planning board meeting in January to consider the approval for a Dollar General Store along Route 90, across from Route 326, on a nearly two-acre lot.
Dollar General has over 14,000 stores in 44 states, with surrounding area stores located in Weedsport, Port Byron and Auburn.
On Jan. 17, Caryn Miodzionowski, from Bohler Engineering, on behalf of Primax Properties, proposed building a roughly 9,000 square foot Dollar General Store. Miodzionowski stated that the store would carry a wide range of products including dry goods, general merchandise, brand name products, and a small grocery section, according to Springport's planning board meeting minutes.
Springport Supervisor David Schenck said in a phone interview, that the town "really hasn't done anything yet." He explained it was "an interesting situation" because the town didn't know anything about the project until it was filed with the planning board.
Schenck said with the town's new zoning, the project would need a special permit because it is proposed in an area zoned as residential. Springport recently changed its zoning code, and while the old zoning code allowed commercial areas in residential areas, that is no longer the case.
In a Cayuga County Department of Planning and Economic Development meeting held on Feb. 15, the planning board unanimously voted to recommend approving the proposed store plan without change.
"I don't see any environmental issues," said Eileen O'Conner, of the Health Department, while the county was reviewing the application. She also said there were no septic issues, and that it "looks like they're addressing storm water."
According to Springport's planning board minutes, public input is required and a public hearing for the proposed Dollar General Store is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 at the Springport Town Hall located at 859 State Route 326.
After residents give the town input, the planning board will determine if a special permit will be issued for the project. If permits are issued, Miodzionowski told the county's planning board, in the project's application, that "construction will begin and last for about three months."
"I try to let the process work out first," Schenck said. He added that he's "not too opinionated about the project," and is waiting until the public hearing to see what the town will do.