2017-05-03 / Front Page

Site work starts for new Dollar General

by Kate Shunney

The site of a future Dollar General store in southern Morgan County was cleared last week for construction. The site of a future Dollar General store in southern Morgan County was cleared last week for construction. Excavation work started last Wednesday, April 26 at the site of a future Dollar General store in southern Morgan County. The building site was clear and level by the following day.

The Morgan County Planning office issued a building permit for the project on April 18.

According to permit documents, Nella Constructors of New Market, Tenn. will build a 130-ft. by 70-ft. commercial building on a 2.4-acre lot at the corner of Oakland Road and U.S. 522 less than a mile south of Cacapon State Park.

The front of the 9,100- square-ft. building will be angled to the southwest, facing the intersection of the two roads.

Customers will access the store from Oakland Road. Plans show no direct entrance to the store from U.S. 522. The company will add an extended turn lane in the southbound lane of U.S. 522 to allow space for vehicles to turn onto Oakland Road. A paved parking lot will have 39 spaces, including two handicapped spaces. Plans for the exit from the parking lot show three lanes – one entering from Oakland Road, one turning east onto Oakland Road and one turning west toward U.S. 522.

Cross Development is the developer of the retail project. Permit documents indicate construction, paving and landscaping will cost $850,000. Under the permit, Nella Constructors has one year to complete the building.

Once finished, the retail store will be the third Dollar General location in Morgan County, with one across from Widmyer Elementary and a second in downtown Paw Paw.

Some residents have opposed the project, saying another store isn’t necessary, and the store won’t fit into the residential nature of the Oakland Road area.

Developers sought planning approval in February 2015 to create a commercial building lot on the site, which had been already approved as a residential development. When planners allowed a commercial parcel to be carved out for the store site, a legal battle began.

A group of nearby property owners sued the Morgan County Planning Commission in March of 2015, saying they had broken their own Subdivision Ordinance rules in allowing the retail site. A Morgan County Circuit Judge ruled in September 2015 the board had followed procedures, and dismissed the case. The property owners appealed that decision to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. In October 2016, the Supreme Court of Appeals upheld the Morgan County Circuit Court decision in favor of the Planning Commission.

In December 2015, planners approved a commercial building permit for the project, but the permit was not issued to the developer until last month.

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