Note from Dan: It’s likely you are familiar with Dollar General, the company that views itself as a “neighborhood Wal-mart.” There’s a new one going up on the corner of Riverland Road and Garden City Boulevard in Southeast Roanoke. Mark E. Petersen, a Southeast resident, is unimpressed to put it mildly.
By Mark E. Petersen
Thanks to the Roanoke City Council (excluding Anita Price), we now have an eyesore at the corner of Garden City Blvd. and Riverland Road. It looks like a damn auto body shop. Great work making the city more attractive to newcomers!
The pic down below is a Dollar General in East Greensboro. Much better to my aching eyes! Thanks City Council for not giving a rat’s ass about our neighborhood at the aesthetic quality of Mill Mountain’s Star Trail trailhead.
Background: this is a history of Dollar General site from my memory.
10 years ago, the City passed it’s comp plan, Vision 20/20.
A vacant, single-family home sat on the corner of Garden City and Riverland Road.
In 2004, home taken down. This occurred after the land was rezoned by majority vote of the Planning Commission.
Country Store was interested in building a gas station and convenience store. Backed out due to flood zone concerns and friction by city staff.
Land stayed vacant until purchase by private developer. Dollar General negotiated deal. Current Dollar General Store is located next to Food Lion in Bennington Square.
Planning Staff recommended changes to original site plan, placing building closer to Garden City and parking lot behind.
Planning Commission rejects site plan, votes no.
Goes to City Council … voted 5-1. I think Anita Price was the no vote.
The site violates both the Riverland Road Neighborhood Plan and the Riverdale/Morningside Neighborhood Plan
Vision 20/20 calls for Garden City/Riverland Road/Bennington Avenue to be targeted and developed as a Neighborhood Village (concept of New Urban design).
I am cc this to a couple neighborhood respresentatives for their eyes, too.
The Garden City Civic League opposed the aesthetic quality of the project, but not the business per say.