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Residents Look to Stop Dollar General from Entering Woodbury

At the annual town meeting on Monday, Alan Zinser (center) circulates a paper petition against the development that will put a Dollar General store in Woodbury. In less than one week, the digital version of the petition has been signed 325 times.

Garret Homes, Inc., recently built and opened this Dollar General store in Morris, about 10 miles north of where it plans to build a Woodbury location.

WOODBURY – A Woodbury resident is circulating a petition against the development that will put a Dollar General store on property at 614 Main St. S.

Alan Zinser said in a post on the Facebook group page “Woodbury Residents Against Dollar General” that he was asked to start a new petition, which is in both paper and digital form.

A paper version of the petition is available at C.L. Adams, according to the group page, and Zinser had a paper copy available for signing Monday at the Woodbury Town Meeting. Both petitions were created on Nov. 18.

At the meeting, Zinser told Just Woodbury that he’d hope to have 400 signatures to show the Zoning Commission at its regularly-scheduled meeting on Nov. 27. There were more than 325 digital signatures as of noon on Nov. 21.

A previous online petition circulated in 2016 received 269 digital signatures.

Specifically, the petition started by Zinser asks for the project to not start because because the property is “on top of or proximate to an open dump which poses risks to vulnerable wetlands and the town aquifer.”

In June, the project, submitted by Garret Homes, Inc., of Harwinton, was approved by the town’s Inland Wetlands Commission.

A Dollar General built by Garrett Homes opened in Morris earlier this year, and one is scheduled to open soon in Oxford.

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