The Richmond Hill City Council cleared the way Tuesday for a second Dollar General store when it approved the site plan and building elevations for a new retail store on Highway 17.
The new store will be located at 4750 Highway 17 across from the KOA Campground. The new 10,800-square-foot facility on 1.5 acres will bring to four the number of dollar stores within the city limits. The original Dollar General and Family Dollar is also located on Highway 17, at the entrance to Mulberry Subdivision. The fourth store of this type is the Dollar Tree on Ford Avenue.
According to Dollar General representative Zach Crumley, the original Dollar General store will remain operational.
Councilman John Fesperman made the motion to approve the site plan, and Councilman Russ Carpenter seconded. Councilman Johnny Murphy recused himself because of a possible conflict of interest.
Crumley also said the site would be heavily buffered to meet the ordinance requirements, which brought a swift response from Carpenter.
"It looks like our sign and landscape ordinances are beginning to work," the councilman said.
The development will also include a detention pond to the rear that will catch, detain and reroute any stormwater runoff on the property, and more than 30 parking spaces.
The site-plan approval concerns itself with the physical layout of the project, to include the building itself, the detention pond, parking and other outlying structures. The building elevations address the structure's appearance and signage on the site.
Carpenter asked what type of brick would be used on the building.
"We like Savannah brick in Richmond Hill," Carpenter told Crumley.
"The brick can be up for discussion," Crumley said. He also said hardie board would be used on the building's facade.
Carpenter made the motion to approve the building plans, and Councilwoman Jan Bass seconded. The motion passed unanimously, and Murphy again recused himself.
Other council business Tuesday included:
• Approving a request from the Richmond Hill Historical Society for $10,500 in funding.
• Accepting a check for $16,500 from the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival committee in what has become a tradition as a way for the GOSF to show its appreciation for the city allowing the use of it facilities for the yearly festival.
• Approving the final plat for Phase IV, Creekside Subdivision on Brisbon Road.
• Approving changes in liquor licenses for the Ford Plantation Club House and Melody's Coastal Café to reflect new management.
• Approving a home occupation that will allow Andrea Krey to operate an in-home photography business at 18 Williams Ave. Customers will be allowed to call at the home, although Council was told by Planning Director Scott Allison that the majority of Krey’s business would be conducted off-site. Andrea Krey to operate an in-home photography business at 18 Williams Ave. Customers will be allowed to call at the home, although Council was told by Planning Director Scott Allison that the majority of Krey’s business would be conducted off-site.