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Planning And Zoning Commission Approves New Dollar General Location On US 68

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Robert Moore
Herald Staff

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.

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  1. Cathy preston on May 17, 2023 at 10:47 pm

    Why on Earth do we need another Dollar General? We have two which it is very difficult to move around in due to merchandise being in isles. Apparently there are not enough employees to work and get everything done. Just another store to be junked up and left that way. What ashame . This town really could use a nice restaurant instead we get one more Dollar General.

    • Julie Miller Salters on June 17, 2023 at 6:02 am

      A restaurant that serves good FRESH (not packaged) local foods fot breakfast, lunch and dinner would be a wonderful addition. Keep Harrodsburg healthy 😉

  2. Cathy preston on May 19, 2023 at 9:11 am

    This is not a need of this town. We already have two which cannot be taken care of and have been closed due to lack of employees. You can walk in both of them and hardly get thru isles. Why put up another Dollar General when we need something for our youth or a restaurant that stays open in the evenings for family dining. Just don’t think of what the people of Harrodsburg might like think of what tourist might enjoy other than fast food or a couple of places that close early afternoon. It a joke this is a historical town that has so little to offer in the way of nice family dining in the evening. We really really need an other DG that can become junky and dirty. SO SAD.

  3. Teresa Bradley on May 20, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    Why another DG and that location? This company can’t staff the 2 that is in town now. The traffic from deliveries will be terrible. No one truly thought this through. But, I know it’s a done deal.

  4. Jami Young on May 25, 2023 at 9:54 pm

    We do not need another DG! We need more modern grocery stores restaurants. What is the reason for having another DG especially in the historic area?

  5. Louis Seidel on June 6, 2023 at 11:59 am

    I wonder how much push back Planning and Zoning has gotten from people living nearby? This decision is more proof that money always wins over everything. If you’re coming from Lexington to Harrodsburg for a day trip the first thing you will see is a Dollar General along one of our nicest streets. There was no thought of the future or Harrodsburg involved in this decision. Harrodsburg deserves better. I hope the neighbors are considering black-out shades.

    From their website: “The Mercer County Joint Planning and Zoning Commission was created on behalf of the citizens for the purpose of assisting in the planned growth of the county. In addition, land use controls were implemented for the purpose of protecting public health, safety, comfort, and general welfare.” The irony.

  6. Coleman James on August 3, 2023 at 1:43 pm

    As a resident of Green Acres I’m not just saddened by this decision but angered as well. There seems to be more concern over the flooding of the new worthless DG than the residents who live nearby. Wonder who’s pockets got lined to make this happen? All the empty buildings in Harrodsburg, but a new DG in that location was the decision. This town needs real leadership and not what we have.
    I think we all need to see all the documents that made this happen, and when they were signed off on.

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