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Proposed Dollar General raises concerns in Tift Co.

A public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 11 (Source: WALB) A public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 11 (Source: WALB)
Chelsea Goddard (Source: WALB) Chelsea Goddard (Source: WALB)
Commissioners are considering rezoning nearly two acres of land (Source: WALB) Commissioners are considering rezoning nearly two acres of land (Source: WALB)
The land is at the intersection of Highway 319 and Mount Olive Church Road in Tift County (Source: WALB) The land is at the intersection of Highway 319 and Mount Olive Church Road in Tift County (Source: WALB)
Goddard says the intersection is dangerous (Source: WALB) Goddard says the intersection is dangerous (Source: WALB)
TIFT CO., GA (WALB) -

A piece of land off of Highway 319 in Tift County could soon be home to a new Dollar General store, but the proposal is stirring some controversy.

Tift County Commissioners are considering rezoning nearly two acres at the intersection of Highway 319 and Mount Olive Church Road.

Developers want to build a 7,500 square foot Dollar General in the area.

Residents are concerned about the traffic congestion a business in that area could bring. Chelsea Goddard has lived in the area for several years. She said its a busy intersection, particularly in the morning. She said she witnessed a deadly crash at the intersection, and worries a store could make the intersection more dangerous.

Goddard said she and other residents are also concerned about how a commercial property could disrupt their rural lifestyle.

"If they lived in an area like we live, how would they feel if it was in their front yard, affecting their kids' safety? Their day to day life? Their comfort? If we wanted a store on top of us, we would have stayed in town," she said.

WALB News 10 reached out to Dollar General for a response to those concerns. A spokesperson issued this statement, saying, in part:

At this time, we are currently in a due diligence phase for a potential new store on Highway 319 in Tifton.  This means we’re interested in adding a new location in Tift County, but we have not committed to the project quite yet.  Based on our initial timeline, we anticipate a final decision to be made on this project by spring 2018.

When choosing store locations, meeting customers’ needs is Dollar General’s top priority.  The company looks for places where we can offer customers an easy and convenient shopping choice.  We know convenience is a major factor in our customers' shopping decisions as we generally serve customers within a three to five mile radius, or 10 minute drive.  We also take demographic trends, competitive factors, traffic patterns and community concerns into consideration. 

The Tift County Planning and Zoning Commission will meet on Thursday at 6 p.m. to discuss the rezoning.

There will be a public hearing on September 11 for residents to voice concerns and ask questions.

Both meetings will be held at the Charles Kent Administration Building at 225 North Tift Avenue in room 207.

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