WEIRTON — A new Dollar General store is under construction for the city, and the Weirton Zoning Board of Appeals approved a proposed business variance request on Tuesday.
Ken Knuckles of Development Management Group appeared before the board and demanded the distribution of an 11-foot front yard setback at 2619 Pennsylvania Avenue, the setback applied to the frontage of the property along Allen Street.
Knuckles explained that the company’s plan is to demolish existing improvements on the site and build the 10,640-square-foot Dollar General. He explained that the store will feature many of the products from existing stores and offer several others as well.
“It has more variety of those things and more food items.” He said.
The current building on the site has recently housed several medical clinics and other businesses and was once the site of the Bonanza Steakhouse restaurant.
Knuckles noted there were some challenges with the project, including the slope of the hillside behind the property and spacing issues with Allen Street, but the retaining wall was built along the hillside. will be installed. He said there are plans for 32 parking spaces and adjustments are being made to allow delivery trucks to move to designated areas of the parking lot.
The city’s planning director, Mark Miller, reported that the city was fine with the plans and has reached out to three property owners in the neighborhood, including the Weirton Senior Citizens Center.
“They are all doing a great job on the project.” Miller said.
Board vice-chairman Bill Frohnapfel said ahead of a unanimous vote in favor of decentralization, noting that occupancy has been more restricted in recent years, and having new uses for the property is a good thing. He said he feels
“I think it can’t be helped.” He said.
In other operations, the Zoning Board approved changes from Three Springs LP 250 to reduce backyard setbacks at 238 Three Springs Drive, now the site of O’Reilly Auto Parts. A representative for Three Springs LP at 250 explained that two surveys were conducted before the building was constructed, but upon completion it was found that he was 1.5 feet away from the planned footprint. Did. This resulted in the approval of additional variance requests.
The Board also re-elected Frohnapfel as Vice Chair, re-elected Keith Huntzinger as Chair, and welcomed new member Mark Ballato.
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