By Kristen Schebler
On Thursday, March 5th, the Cooper-Young Community Association welcomed all interested parties to a presentation of two potential site plans for the new Dollar Tree on the site of the old McDonald’s Restaurant at 995 East Parkway.
The developers presented a revised Plan A, which includes an altered landscaping plan. They have also changed the exterior materials from brick and exterior insulation and finishing system to brick and a cement board stucco system. While EIFS is not allowed under the Midtown Overlay, with the exception of decorative elements, the new exterior materials, according to the development team, meet the applicable codes. It is likely that the only variance they would need for the revised Plan A would be a change in zoning from residential to commercial for the back half of the lot closest to Bruce. Street.
After hearing suggestions that pulling the building up to the sidewalk on the East Parkway side would be more urban and desirable, the developers also presented Plan B. This plan includes a slightly different building elevation compared to Plan A and, because the building in Plan B would sit at the front of the lot abutting East Parkway, it is possible that no special variance would be needed to move forward. This would, however, depend on the requisite setbacks for a building so close to the street itself.
While the developers made it clear that Dollar Tree prefers Plan A, they said they are willing to accept Plan B if the community prefers it. In fact, they are very interested in your feedback on their plans.
Based in Chesapeake, Virginia, Dollar Treet is a chain of discount variety stores selling deeply discounted household goods ranging from groceries to toiletries to small appliances. It currently has approximately 4,900 stores in the United States and Canada. By the end of April the company expects to complete its $8.5 billion acquisition of competitor Family Dollar, which would make it the industry leader with more than 13,000 stores.
So, what do you think? You can provide feedback directly to the CYCA (firstname.lastname@example.org or 272-2922) or, most importantly, to the Land Use Control Board. You can send your comments to them at email@example.com. You should reference the file number for this development, BOA14-67.
As always, we’ll keep you updated as new information becomes available.