Will Dollar General March into Eastham?

Yarmouth store is open, turns sites to Eastham as NIMBY's gasp
Is a Dollar General store in North Eastham's future?

Dollar General just opened their first Cape-side store in West Yarmouth last week.  Even before they celebrate its grand opening this weekend, the chain is looking to build a second store in North Eastham.

To be sure, the chain's proposed plan for the 4615 State Highway parcel will require several permits from the town - including a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Dollar General is proposing a parking lot with 28 parking spaces, which is less than the required number for a property of that size - thus the special permit request.  Officials indicated 51 spaces are required by the letter of the law.

The project will also need to be approved by the planning board.  There will also be traffic concerns for a store of that size on the rather busy section of Route 6.  

Dollar General had a rocky first meeting with the Eastham Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday night.  Watch the video here.

The proposed store is near the 65 unit housing development to be built at the Purcell property.  It is also approximately across the street from the former Tee Time property where another 40B development was recently denied.

One of the citizens present at the meeting challenged Dollar General's knowledge of their property, which includes ownership of Wiley Road.  He suggested that Dollar General and the Shell station jointly developed Wiley Road, they could make curb cuts onto that side road rather than onto Route 6.

Members of the ZBA counseled the applicant to withdraw their application or request a continuance, rather than face a denial vote that evening.  If the ZBA voted to reject the application, then the applicant would be required to wait two years before they can re-apply for a permit.

The applicant requested a continuance to August 3rd at 5 p.m.  The ZBA voted 4-1 to continue the hearing to that date.


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