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Rezoning request for Dollar General withdrawn

HEBRON – An application submitted by PennTex Ventures, LLC of Greensburg, PA, to rezone property in the 500 block of East Main Street from Residential 2 – Single Family to Neighborhood Commercial was withdrawn five days before the required hearing before Hebron Village Council.

The developer wanted to build a Dollar General store on the lot between two residences on the north side of East Main Street, just west of Ohio 79. The brief letter to the Planning and Zoning Board said, “In our continuing efforts to work with everyone in the Village of Hebron, we are hereby withdrawing our application for zoning and site plan approvals…”

Planning and Zoning Board members unanimously recommended that the rezoning request be denied following the Board’s Dec. 2 hearing. Village council members have the final say on rezoning requests, but it takes a super majority vote to overturn the board’s recommendation.

“I hear what the residents are saying,” Hebron Mayor Clifford Mason said at the Board’s Dec. 2 hearing. He said he’s heard from several residents. “Everybody would love to see a Dollar General in Hebron,” Mason said, but some residents are concerned about traffic at the proposed location. “I’m not convinced that’s the right place for them.”

“They have to evaluate the situation,” said PennTex attorney Richard “Butch” Bindley, after the Board hearing. “There really is no alternative” location. He said the Dernberger property is Dollar General’s only option to build in Hebron because the Kroger shopping center east of Ohio 79 has a deed restriction, prohibiting similar retail on that property. Building at the old Bowman Chevrolet dealership site would require expensive soil mitigation for pollutants, and other available lots are in a floodplain.

Previously, PennTex representative Ashley Weinman said PennTex had been looking for a suitable Dollar General location in Hebron for two years. “That is not an exaggeration,” she said. “I personally have been in Hebron searching for a good site for Dollar General for about two years. We initially had located the old (Bowman) car dealership; I believe it is the address 126 Main Street, along there. We experienced severe soil issues. They were just at the level that it just was not financially feasible for us to pursue that site with remediation…” She added that flood zone issues eliminated other options.

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