Concerned Girard residents prompt Council to refuse zoning change

Girard City Council unanimously turned down a request by Dollar General to build across the street in a residential area

Girard City Council denied a zoning change for a new Dollar General building that may have affected people who lived nearby.


GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Girard City Council denied a zoning change for a new Dollar General building that may have affected people who lived nearby.

Owners of the Dollar General requested to change a residential area to a commercial one so they could move across the street. The company is currently leasing its building on Churchill Road.

Council unanimously voted against the change after notifying some people living nearby who said they were concerned about traffic patterns and drainage issues.  He said those people were also concerned that the old building would sit empty if the Dollar General moved across the street.

Girard Mayor Jim Melfi said one old house currently sits across the street. An empty lot and apartments are nearby.

“We have to wait and see whether or not Dollar General attempts to build that building somewhere else or attempts to try to conform with what those neighbors in that area across the street want,” Melfi said.

Melfi said Dollar General has been in town for about 25 years. The company’s lease isn’t up for awhile, but he hopes the business chooses to stay when it expires.

“Obviously, we do not want to lose any other small businesses in town,” he said.

He added that he is still trying to fill the old Santisi’s IGA building after owners in November announced that the grocery store would close.

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