Bainbridge city leaders approve rezoning for Dollar General

Bainbridge city leaders approve rezoning for Dollar General

Developers could soon start construction on a new dollar general store in Bainbridge.

This comes after the city approved the rezoning of the land from Residential to Commercial use.

About 20 to 30 neighbors showed up at Tuesday's Council meeting to voice their concerns.

"The primary concern is traffic and traffic burdens," said Herschell Hitchcock.

Hitchcock lives off Randolph Court. He said he visited all 40 homes in this neighborhood asking folks to sign a petition against the project.

"The responses to the request for signatures went from we have to stop this now to oh there goes our neighborhood," said Hitchcock.

This property was originally in the county. It was annexed into the city limits after the new high school was built.

It was zoned as residential property but Tuesday city council members voted to rezone it to commercial property.

Council member Don Whaley said he was in support of rezoning the property.

"This property faces US 84 and in my opinion the best possible use of the property was commercial," said Whaley.

According to city council members, more growth is coming and so is the traffic.

"Until the high school was built out there there really wasn't traffic going in that direction. The traffic counts continue to rise as US 84 has been furthered east and west," said Whaley.

Residents want see to the highway made safer for the expected 200 to 500 customers the Dollar General could bring in each day.

"What we could ask for is a turning lane here which would allow cars access to get off the highway. Also to ask for extra turning lanes here to allow access in and out," said Hitchcock.

City Council members said the developer for the project put in place a larger buffer from neighboring property lines than required.

"He's dressed up the building so we will have a much nicer building and hes made some other concessions to, to lessen the impact of the community behind it," said Whaley.

"The face that we have a new establishment, I think its a good thing. The city of bainbridge is a good town, I think it has to do with time and place more than anything," said Hitchcock.

The property across the street is also zoned residential but could one day be developed.

Rezoning this property would require a separate public hearing and vote.

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