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10/25/2017 7:15:00 AM
Dollar General Proposal Draws Little Criticism
Terramore representative answers questions about the proposed new store on NC150 at Tuesday night's community meeting.(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos)
Terramore representative answers
questions about the proposed
new store on NC150 at Tuesday
night's community meeting.

(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos)

The new Dollar General on NC73 is expected to be open by Thanksgiving.
The new Dollar General on NC73 is
expected to be open by Thanksgiving.

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

The saying goes, "location, location, location."  When Terramore Development presented information Tuesday evening on its plans to build a store for Dollar General at the intersection of Lee Lawing Road and NC150, only about a dozen people showed up--and while some expressed concerns about traffic, there appeared to be no significant opposition to the plans.

That's quite different from when Terramore announced it would build a Dollar General store at the intersection of NC73 and Amity Church Road.  That proposal drew strong opposition from residents of a neighborhood across the highway.  Traffic was their main concern--and that was the only significant question posed related to the new proposal for the store on NC150.

The developer noted that the only entry to the new store from NC150 would be a right turn for westbound traffic just before the traffic signal at the Lee Lawing Road intersection.  To enter the store's parking area, eastbound traffic would have to make a left turn at the intersection, then turn right off Lee Lawing Road.  Leaving the parking lot, traffic heading east would have to exit the parking area onto Lee Lawing Road and then make a left turn at the intersection.  

Those attending the meeting at the Macedonia Baptist Fellowship Hall expressed concern about the added traffic at that intersection.  No other significant concerns were expressed and most seemed satisfied that the project will be approved.  The front part of the location is currently occupied by an old building that was once a construction office and briefly used as a restaurant.  It is essentially an eyesore and hasn't been occupied for some time.  The rezoning request largely involves the rear part of the property which had been designated for single family residences but was never developed for that purpose.  

The proposal will go before a joint meeting of the Planning Board and County Commissioners on November 6th and could get approval by Commissioners at their November 20th meeting.  If so, it would be likely that the store would be completed and open by the Fall of next year.

Meanwhile, work on that other Dollar General on NC73 is progressing rapidly.  It's now likely that it will be open for business by Thanksgiving and almost certainly before Christmas.  

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