Family Dollar looking at corner

Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 10:06 am

The location at court circle under consideration.

The location at court circle under consideration.

Town officials reviewed the site plan for the construction of a Family Dollar that is being proposed near Courthouse Square in Warsaw.

On July 8, the Warsaw Planning Commission voted unanimously to propose a joint public hearing with Warsaw Town Council in regards to building the proposed facility after finding no glaring issues with the site plan.

The project would place the building on at the corner of Courthouse Circleat the where last year’s farmer’s markets were held.

The Family Dollar would move from its present location in “The Bottom,” a shopping center near the intersection of Richmond Road and Hamilton Boulevard.

The proposed building would be approximately 8,404 square feet.

Jeff Howeth, of J.L. Howeth, P.C. said construction would take approximately between four and four-and-a-half months, provided that town council granted approval for the project in the first few days of August.

Howeth added that Family Dollar could very possibly be in the building and operating by the end of 2013.

Also included in the project are plans for parking lots, sidewalks and 12-foot light fixtures that the town will pay for out of its existing funding.

“The reason we’re trying to do that is [because] that’s one of the first steps in creating the downtown in this area and trying to create the atmosphere and ambiance that lighting provides,” said Town Manager John Slusser. “You’d be surprised what lighting will do.”

Slusser added that the proposed lights would be inviting to pedestrians.

“It makes it look like it’s a safe place and it’s a good place to walk,” said Slusser.

The additions will surround the proposed site for the building along Richmond Road, Court Circle and Campus Drive.

The proposed public entrance for the facility consists of a right-turn entrance and a right-turn exit, meaning drivers could only enter the parking lot to the Family Dollar while heading towards the intersection of Richmond Road and Main Street. Drivers would also only be able to use the exit to head towards the intersection.

According to Slusser, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) posed the entrance and exit for the purpose of traffic control.

“VDOT doesn’t want people coming down…from the light and try to make a left-hand turn…and back up traffic into the intersection,” said Slusser.

A gravel parking lot has also been planned at the corner of Court Circle and Campus Drive to handle concerns with additional parking until the town determines the number of spaces that will be required.

Slusser suggested that if parking spaces prove sufficient, then the gravel parking area could also become a new business such as a restaurant or Laundromat.

“It may take five years, it make 10 years [or] it may never happen, [but] you have a legitimate lot right there,” said Slusser, although he noted that a building in the place of the gravel lot, which Howeth estimated could be as large as 1,000 square feet, was speculative and not being considered as part of the Family Dollar project.

The planning commission recommended that the joint public hearing be held Thursday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. in town hall.

In other news, the planning commission heard a request from Kenneth L. Butzner to rezone a 40-acre parcel between Hamilton Boulevard and the Route 3 Bypass from Residential (R-1) to Light Industry (C-3) for the purpose of Northern Neck Electric constructing new facilities on the property.

The request has been tabled and was projected by the planning commission to be approved in August, as a joint public hearing on the proposed C-3 zoning will be held Thursday, July 11 at 7 p.m. in town hall.

The grand opening for the Main Street playground in the town park is also still being planned for Saturday, July 20 from 1 to 3 p.m.

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