Dollar Tree store permits approved by city council

Dollar Tree is coming to Monticello. An 8,000 square-foot store is scheduled to open this fall on the southeast corner of Cedar Street and School Boulevard.
Monticello council members unanimously approved project parking and access conditional use permits Monday.The store will be located on a .76 acre lot next to the Walmart Supercenter. The new building will be leased to Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. The store will employ four to six full-time employees once completed.
Dollar Tree, Inc. is a chain of discount variety stores that sells every item for $1 or less. The company is headquartered in Chesapeake, Va. and operates more than 4,000 retail stores throughout the 48 contiguous U.S. states and in Canada. Its stores are supported by a logistics network of nine distribution centers.
Community Development Director Angela Schumann reported the development site was originally platted as one lot with the Monticello Business Center Third Addition.
The lot was originally intended to serve as a development site for an accessory use to the Walmart retail use. However, in 2007, the property owner platted this area as a separate development parcel under the plat of Monticello Business Center Fourth Addition.
In both the original and subsequent platting and development review, a shared access point was contemplated for this area. As such, development of the Dollar Tree site requires a conditional use permit.
The new store will have access to both School Boulevard and Cedar Street via a permanent easement from Walmart. According to Schumann, the easement will be recorded at closing, which is anticipated sometime in March. The project will include 34 parking stalls on site. Monticello Development Group, LLC, the Dollar Tree project developer, has secured the right to use six additional parking stalls in the Walmart lot when the permanent easement is recorded at closing.
Schumann stated in a memo that construction on the Monticello Dollar Tree is scheduled for completion on or before Aug. 1 so the store can open on or before Oct. 1.
City code requires one parking space per 200 square feet of retail. A parking calculation based on the 8,000 square feet yields a stall requirement of 40 spaces. Schumann stated in a memo the Walmart site has 1013 stalls, a more than adequate supply to meets its code-required 913 stalls and provide the six stalls.
The Monticello Planning Commission reviewed the conditional permit request during a public hearing on Feb. 5.
No public testimony, other than that given by the applicant, was given during the hearing.
City staff confirmed a recommendation to eliminate the northernmost parking stalls on the site would allow the applicant to meet landscaping requirements, thereby eliminating the need for any variance. No free-standing signage was proposed with the store application.
At the rear of the new building, Monticello Development Group proposes to install a curbline closing the current access entry from the Walmart parking lot. During discussion, Councilmember Glen Posusta mentioned truck traffic and curbing on the northern access. “We should look at that while it’s getting built.”
Schumann said public works and city engineering had addressed the issue.
“Public works and city engineering has spoken to [the developer],” Schumann said. “They are aware of the issue and the need for curb reconstruction.”
Posusta replied: “They really need to make the turn radius wider there to help trucks make the corner. That’s what I’d like to see.”
City Engineer Bruce Westby said his department was looking at the situation. “It’s been an issue before,” Posusta said.

Contact Managing Editor Tim Hennagir at tim.hennagir@ecm-inc.com

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