Story courtesy of our news partners, MyHorryNews
Despite six letters and a petition with 53 names opposing a zoning change needed for a Dollar General to relocate to U.S. 501 near a residential neighborhood, Conway City Council approved the change Monday night.
The Dollar General needs to rezone 1.15 acres on Church Street at Richardson Street so its store located at the Kmart Plaza can move to the new location.
Councilman Shane Hubbard made the motion to give first reading to the requested change from Horry County Residential to City of Conway Highway Commercial. A second and final reading is expected later this month.
Councilman William Goldfinch seconded the motion, saying that he sympathizes with the residents who signed the petition and wrote letters to council. He said the same person who asked for the rezoning also owns surrounding property, and he pointed out that U.S. 501 is an important busy, four-lane road headed into Conway.
“Nobody likes change,” he said in response to the residents’ plea to preserve their “nice, quiet neighborhood.”
“This is a quiet, single-family neighborhood with young children that play (ride bikes, skate, etc.), handicap persons, senior citizens and those that walk through the neighborhood. The business that is proposed to be built…will create a safety hazard with the increased traffic this business brings,” Richardson Street resident Lynne French wrote.
She also worries as do other of her neighbors that the new business will devalue their property values.
Click here for the full story.