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Greenville approves Dollar General store

  • The site of a proposed Dollar General in Greenville. MAPS4NEWS



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, June 05, 2018

The Greenville Planning Board approved the site plans for a new Dollar General store on Route 31 earlier this month.

During its May 10 meeting, the board unanimously approved plans for a new 9,100 square foot store on the intersection of Fitchburg Road, also known as Route 31, and Blanch Farm Road. The area is zoned for business and the store is planned to be built within the town’s zoning ordinance, without need for additional variances or approvals, resulting in a swift hearing process and approval.

Few residents spoke at the public hearing on the site plan review, but those that did raised concerns  about traffic on Fitchburg Road. Shawn Hill, who will be a neighbor of the Dollar General, said that in the 14 years since he and his wife bought the property, commercial properties have popped up, causing an increase in traffic.

“The traffic is so bad,” Shawn Hill said Monday. “You have the Country Mile, then the Dunkin Donuts went in, and now you’re going to put in the Dollar General? That’s even more traffic.”

“I was on the ambulance and fire department, and we always had to run sirens and lights in that area, because of the traffic,” agreed his wife, Camilla Hill, in an interview Monday. “I have safety concerns like everyone else.”

Traffic was a point of concern for members of both the Planning Board and the public at the May 10 meeting. Resident Tracy Sadowski spoke at the meeting, calling the area “a giant mess” according to meeting minutes, and voicing concerns that more traffic could lead to more accidents.

Planning Board Chair Ed White agreed that increased traffic was a concern, and he has requested a safety audit from the State Department of Transportation, according to meeting minutes.

Shawn Hill said, on Monday, that though the neighborhood allows both commercial and residential uses, the area has become increasingly built up with commercial enterprises that he said have affected his ability to sell his house.

“When we first bought this house, 13 or 14 years ago, there was nothing here,” he said. “Now, we’re going to be surrounded [by commercial businesses] and we’re never going to sell our property. Never.”

“I’m reaching the age I want to retire, and move to a smaller house, and that’s not going to happen,” agreed Camilla Hill. 

Dollar General has agreed to put up an 8-foot-tall fence between the Hill’s property and the store, and to pay for any damage done to the property during construction.

“That’s the best that we can get,” said Hill, who said he’s still against the project, but has accepted it as the reality. “There’s nothing we can do. The town of Greenville, they’re going to do what they want for the best interests of the town.”

The Greenville store is the latest in a line of the chain store, which sells general groceries and household items, to be put up in the area. Dollar General has been building new stores in several Monadnock towns, including stores in New Ipswich, Jaffrey and Bennington in the last several years. 

The business plan calls for hours of operation between 8 a.m and 10 p.m., seven days a week. The store will be staffed with between 2 to 3 employees per shift. Though, the store will have parking to accommodate between 25 and 30 spots, Austin Turner of Bohler Engineering, representing the project, told the Planning Board that during peak times, the store would only expect to have about 10 spots filled.