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:
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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