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Planning and zoning committee reviews proposed Dollar General store request

By Sue Sitter - | Dec 19, 2020

Sue Sitter/PCT Land just north of Rugby Insurance will be the future site of a Dollar General Store.

Updates on planned construction of a Dollar General store on N.D. Highway 3 in Rugby went before the Rugby planning and zoning committee at city hall the evening of Dec. 14.

Steinke said the store chain had contacted her “over a year ago” to find suitable property for their Rugby store’s location.

The chain settled on land owned by Randy and Tammy Fossum north of Rugby Insurance on Highway 3.

The committee reviewed drawings of the proposed store and a variance request by Elk Creek Capital, LLC on behalf of Dollar General. The variance requested changes in the store parking lot, allowing 30 spaces for the store instead of the 36 spaces required by ordinance. City ordinances require one parking stall for every 250 square foot of retail space.

A letter from Dollar General read, “We have estimated and confirmed that 30 spaces would accommodate the customer flow rate that our business generates. This standard has been sufficient for even the traffic generated at peak Christmas season levels.”

The committee approved the variance with a unanimous vote.

The committee also voted unanimously to approve a variance request by Rugby resident Mark Hamilton, who sought to expand the garage at his residential property on Main Avenue.

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