WOODBURY – During a Town Meeting in November, Woodbury First Selectman Bill Butterly joked that businesses want so badly to be in town that they are willing to sue to do so.
Butterly was referring to discounter Dollar General. Sound Garrett Woodbury, LLC. which sought to build and open a 9,300-sq-ft Dollar General at 641 Main St. S., filed filed suit against the Inland Wetland Commission last March to try and get its denied application approved.
Now, a slightly-different ownership group, Garrett Homes, LLC, has filed an application to the Inland Wetland Commission to build a slightly-smaller (7,465-sq-ft) Dollar General on the same property. It would also include 47 parking spaces
The original plans for the building called for it to be erected at the back end of the property, on wetlands. The new plan brings the building closer to Main St.
The new plan was presented to the Inland Wetland Commission on January 8.
The proposed Dollar Tree store would not look like the one pictured above. Instead, it would have a pitched roof, brick, and shingles. It would also include a cupula.
Gary Eucalitto, whose name is on Garrett Homes, LLC’s application, is also the owner of the Dollar General which opened in Torrington in 2014, and one that recently opened in Norwich.
A Dollar General is also being built in Morris.
Even if the plan for Dollar General is approved by the Inland Wetland Commission, it would then have to be approved by the Zoning Commission.
But do Woodbury residents want a Dollar General to open in town? An online petition at Change.org has 269 signatures, and a Facebook group called Woodbury Residents Against Dollar General has 185 members.
According to its corporate website, Dollar General has more than 14,000 stores in 44 states, and sells merchandise such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, family apparel, housewares, seasonal items, paper products, and more.
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