Harrodsburg may soon get another Dollar General. On Tuesday, May 9, the Harrodsburg-Mercer County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a site plan to build a 10,640 square foot Dollar General at the intersection of US 68 and Factory Street.
The plan was submitted by Kentucky Lodging and Development Company Inc. The zoning map indicates the property is zoned B-1 (Business).
“Is this going to be a generic dollar store?” asked Zoning Commissioner Jim McGlone Tuesday.
Will Stevens of Vantage Engineering said the store would have a split face with brick and modern stucco on all four sides.
Stevens said the seller has required a lot of landscaping including screening at the dumpster area. He said would be approximately 25 feet high.
Stevens said they will need to move sewer line before building the store. He said they had spoken with Spoke with the engineer on the city’s sewer improvement project, who has agreed to redirect the sewer.
“We’re going to work with him on it,” Stevens said. He said they were hopeful it wouldn’t cause any delays.
McGlone also asked about building the store on fill. Residents know the site because the owner has had a sign up for years asking for fill.
Stevens said they will have to excavate to the bedrock under the building site and fill it.
“Will water back up into the detention basin?” asked McGlone.
Stevens said there is not enough elevation at the site to prepare for a hundred year storm. During such an event, possibly the entire parking lot would be inundated.
“We’ll basically be on an island,” Stevens said. He said the site was designed for a 25 year flood, which was the standard. Stevens said the contractors will remove the corner of the fill that’s there and improve the flow in the ares.
“We’ve improved the flow where it’s most critical to have flow,” said Stevens, who called the flood plan “one of the most detailed studies we’ve ever done.”
He said the study crosses the bypass and goes to the nearby rock quarry. Stevens said they have calculated new flows for 100 year flood. He said they surpass FEMA requirements.
“We’ve built a flood model you can hang your hat on,” Stevens said..
He said the original owner is retaining part of the tract. Stevens said they want to keep filling on their property.
McGlone moved to approve the site plan contingent on the Kentucky Department of Water issuing flood development permit The motion passed unanimously.
The Harrodsburg-Mercer County Planning and Zoning Commission meets again on Tuesday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m.