• 66°

Granite Quarry shoots down rezoning request for would-be Dollar General site

By Carl Blankenship
carl.blankenship@salisburypost.com

GRANITE QUARRY – The Board of Aldermen on Monday shot down a rezoning request that would have allowed for a new Dollar General.

The Granite Quarry board voted to not rezone a parcel of land from the Residential Low Density classification to Highway Business as the first step in the process of constructing a new Dollar General location at a piece of property off U.S. Highway 52 South and St. Lukes Church Road.

Representatives for Teramore Development, a company that builds Dollar General stores, and the land-owning parties spoke in favor of the new retail location, citing it as a positive development for the people who live immediately around the store.

Two landowners who were part of the deal would have swapped parts of their property to change the shape the parcel  to form an access point that would please NCDOT.

Community members expressed concern about the additional traffic it could bring to the intersection, which would go from a three-way to a four-way. They also expressed concerns over safety issues, including the traffic congestion and how it would impact busy times in the area, specifically during school dismissal. The other concern was potential loitering at the site by students from nearby schools and if the store would attract more crime to nearby neighborhoods.

After the public hearing, the developer offered the concession to accept rezoning only 1.8 acres of the property to commercial, which would be the area needed to house the store. That’s compared to the total 10.161 acre parcel to be rezoned. The developer’s attorney, Nathan Duggins, proposed tabling the zoning decision until the next meeting to gather more information based on what had been discussed during the public hearing.

The vote to deny the rezoning of the property means the developer can not apply to rezone the property for another year. 

In a 3-to-1 vote, Doug Shelton was the only alderman to vote against denying the rezoning request and he made a point of saying the town should consider being friendly to businesses that wants to come to Granite Quarry.

Comments

Crime

Blotter: Concord man faces drug charges after hotel disturbance call

Crime

Rockwell teen charged with rape of a 14-year-old girl

Crime

Police: Charlotte man caught stealing funeral home employee’s truck

Local

Rowan Social Services director takes new job in New Hanover County; Heidrick to retire

Ask Us

Ask us: Will masks be required in Rowan County polling locations?

Elections

Political Notebook: Tillis, Cunningham differ on when to fill SCOTUS vacancy

Local

Local state trooper, firefighter returns home after Army deployment

Local

Blast from the past: Concordia Lutheran Church opens time capsule from previous century

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged with damaging video camera, tresspassing

Crime

North Carolina man faces over 300 sex-related charges

News

Coastal flooding along Outer Banks closes roads

Nation/World

GOP hopeful Supreme Court battle will help shift election

Education

‘Better chance of succeeding’: Moody, colleagues reflect on tenure, retirement

News

Collecting garbage: Locals work to beautify High Rock Lake during Clean Sweep

Coronavirus

Salisbury man grateful parents’ story has impacted many

News

Celtics take big lead and hold on to top Heat 117-106

Business

Downtown Salisbury ‘moving swiftly’ with developers interested in Empire Hotel

Business

From fantasy to fact, Cherry builds a Hobbit House at his Treesort

Business

Biz Roundup: CSP seeking to hire 100 new employees for plant expansion

Coronavirus

Police, sheriff focus on education in addressing mask-wearing complaints

Education

Candidates for East Area school board seat have widely different views on renewal

Kannapolis

Cannon Mills’ whistle sounds again, brings nostalgia with it

Coronavirus

UPDATED: Outbreak at jail annex over; new cases emerge at Kannapolis facility

Elections

In Senate race, Tillis calibrates ties to Trump