Proposal for new Dollar General in Middletown unanimously denied

A new Dollar General store had been proposed for the southwest corner of Roosevelt Boulevard and Bonita Drive in Middletown.
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A new Dollar General store had been proposed for the southwest corner of Roosevelt Boulevard and Bonita Drive in Middletown.

Middletown City Council has unanimously denied a rezoning request that would have led to the construction of a Dollar General store in a residential district.

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The store had been proposed for the southwest corner of Roosevelt Boulevard and Bonita Drive.

But retail sales and service are prohibited in the property’s current zoning district, which is for residential and professional office uses, according to City Planner Ashley Combs.

Had council approved the zoning change for the proposed 7,500-square-foot store, it would be considered spot zoning as there is no other business district zoning adjacent to the site, according to Combs. Approval could set a possible precedent for future zone change requests in Middletown, she said.

In its denial, the Planning Commission agreed that the proposed zone change would be spot zoning and does not meet the intent of the Middletown Development Code nor the city’s Master Plan.