Kinsman officials vote against Dollar General zoning change

KINSMAN — Township trustees by a 2-1 vote rejected a request by Dollar General for a zoning change from residential-1 to commercial-1 for property off state Route 7 directly across from where the store is now off Main Street (state Route 5).

Trustees Greg Leonhard and Fred Stahl voted against the zoning change request Thursday following a public hearing, while trustee Linda Miller voted in favor.

Leonhard said more than 70 people attended the meeting, and a petition against the zone change signed by 175 residents was presented to trustees. Residents said they are concerned their property values will be affected if the store moved to the new site.

The current Dollar General is at 8513 Main Street (Route 5) near Lakeview Drive.

“The residents have no problem where Dollar General is now. If they want to move to expand, there is available commercial property in other parts of the township. There are other options with commercial areas of the township,” Leonhard said.

He said township officials will work with Dollar General to find a location where they can expand. The company wants to expand the store and create more room for trucks and vehicles to get in and out of the site, Leonhard said.

Leonhard said the township zoning board of appeals had recommended approval of the zone change, while the township planning commission had recommended against.

“We would like a new Dollar General, just not at that location,” said Leonhard, noting there is available commercial land off Routes 5 and 7 in the township’s commercial districts as part of the comprehensive plan.