Parkland Press

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Board OKs Dollar General

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners have granted approval to Dollar General for construction of a 7,489-square-foot retail store with 38 parking spaces at 2032/2070 Walbert Avenue.

Last year, the zoning hearing board granted variances for front yard setback, and front yard, rear yard and side yard parking setbacks, and buffer strip requirements for the 1.32-acre parcel.

Township engineer Ralph Russek said the developer will need to do several improvements as the site is congested.

Attorney Sarah Murray spoke on behalf of Dollar General.

She said truck unloading will be in front of the store, and there will be “No Idling” signs for the trucks.

“Deliveries will be one time a week depending on demands and will take about 45 minutes,” Murray said.

She noted the dumpster will be in an enclosure in front of the store to be away from residential properties.

Murray said the store will be open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

South Whitehall Director of Community Development George Kinney reported Dollar General representatives agreed to tone down the colors on the exterior of the store.

“We want to make it look more homey and fit in with the neighborhood,” Murray said.

In other business, township Manager Renee Bickel reported the refuse contract will expire on Dec. 31.

She said staff created a survey to ask property owners if they had any issues with trash pickup, especially over the last 12 months.

“We’re gathering data before we go out to bid on the hauler contract,” Bickel said.

The survey will be enclosed with residents refuse bills.

She noted township staff are cleaning out some outdated electronic items.

Commissioners approved disposal of an old computer and other equipment, including destruction of hard drives, at a cost of $650.