Cape Vincent Dollar General receives board approval

//Cape Vincent Dollar General receives board approval

Cape Vincent Dollar General receives board approval

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CAPE VINCENT — The Town Planning Board Wed­nesday unanimously approved a site plan for a proposed Dollar General at the intersection of Route 12E and James Street.

Seville Developments plans to have a 9,100-square-foot store built on 2.6 acres of land for the national retailer as well as 30 parking spots and access roads from Route 12E and James Street. While the board granted its approval, the New Orleans-based developer must still receive a final blessing from the state Department of Transportation for the store.

The board completed the final two parts of the State Environmental Quality Review for the site plan Wednesday after Seville and the architectural firm working with it on the project, GYMO Architecture, Engineering and Land Surveying, completed and submitted part one in December, said Robert L. Martin, acting chairman for the board.

“I think it will be a great opportunity for the community. I think the town needs growth. It’ll contribute” employees, Mr. Martin said.

The board has reviewed the project for months during several meetings before granting an approval, including a special meeting and public hearing last month.

Seville also had to receive approval from the Town Zoning Board of Appeals in order to have two signs and build its monument sign closer to the road. The developer, however, decided to keep the monument sign within the town’s 75-foot setback requirement for its type of project.

The Wednesday approval from the planning board was granted with three contingencies: the developer must have a stone dust sidewalk built towards James Street from the store to its property line, must receive DOT approval and must file the documentation for the lot line adjustment it was granted to combine two smaller parcels into one 2.6 acre plot.

When asked whether the site plan from Seville and GYMO followed the town’s zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan, Mr. Martin said it followed both documents “to a T” after receiving variances from the zoning board.

“As I was part of the revisions to the zoning law and the comprehensive plan, I could see no reason not to convey my approval,” said Richard H. MacSherry. “All municipalities of this size should embrace growth as long as it’s consistent with those documents.”

Residents have scrutinized the project and its design during previous meetings, particularly for lacking sufficient foliage and landscaping.

Mark P. Crandall, the site designer from GYMO, said they plan to include more flower bushes and shrubbery for screening. The designer also said the lighting for the store would be dark sky compliant.

Michelle T. Oswald thanked Mr. Crandall for including more screening, but said the developer and designer should use cement instead of stone dust to compliment the sidewalks on James Street.

She also said the board could request the developer to make that investment.

“This board could make any recommendations and considerations it wants to,” she said.

Other residents have previously argued whether Dollar General has a place in the town.

Carly W. Basinger previously said she was concerned it would have adverse effects on the town’s character and ability to foster small business growth. Both Darrell E. and Marlene E. Burton, however, previously said they welcomed the store as another option for shopping and competition in the area, a position they reiterated Wednesday.

Unlike other residents, Michael R. Bell said he just wanted to ensure the planning board followed the necessary procedures before making its decision.

“These guys seemed like they did pretty good with that,” he said.

Dollar General has been expanding its presence throughout the north country with stores opening previously in Sackets Harbor, Croghan, Heuvelton, Colton and Hammond.

The company also has plans to open one of its titular stores on Route 12 in the town of Alexandria.