Dollar General, district for public drinking on City Council’s agenda – Salisbury Post

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SALISBURY – City Council members will discuss a city center ward for public drinking on Tuesday and an application to build a Dollar General which was granted before being rejected by the Salisbury Planning Board .

Members of City Council and Core Staff will meet in person at City Hall. The public can participate virtually. The meeting will be broadcast live on salisburync.gov/webcast and on the city’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. Anyone wishing to speak during the public comment period must register by 5 p.m. Tuesday by contacting City Clerk Kelly Baker at [email protected] or 704-638-5233.

Last week, the Salisbury Planning Board unanimously reversed a decision it made earlier in the month to approve zoning changes for a 10,640 square foot Dollar General Store on the corner of Old Mocksville Road and of Seventh Street Extension. Teramore Development’s request is to rezone the lot from a mixed-use neighborhood to a mixed-use corridor with a conditional neighborhood overlay to accommodate the larger store.

Plans include a “fresh” concept at the store, offering fresh produce and expanded coolers alongside the staples found in typical Dollar General locations.

A 4-3 vote at the February 8 meeting approved the request. But at a further meeting on February 22, the Salisbury Planning Board unanimously rejected the request, citing security concerns and inconsistencies with the city’s Vision 2020 plans for development and growth. The second meeting took place because a faulty Zoom link during the first meeting could have prevented public participation. Additionally, some residents opposed to the development say they were not informed of the initial meeting.

Following this discussion, a presentation will explain what a city center area allowing alcohol consumption outside of bars and restaurants in Salisbury could look like. A social neighborhood allows consumers to purchase alcohol from state-licensed businesses and restaurants and walk around a designated neighborhood with specially marked cups.

Downtown Salisbury Inc. has spent the past few months working to establish such a neighborhood in the Salisbury Municipal Services District, the area officially designated as downtown. Throughout January, DSI hosted several public engagement sessions with members of the public and downtown merchants and stakeholders.

A public hearing to weigh in on the potential district is scheduled for the March 15 meeting.

Other items on the agenda:

• City Council will formally recognize Al Heggins for his time on council as Mayor and Acting Mayor. Due to a family medical emergency at the time, Heggins was not present at the December 7 meeting when new members were sworn in and outgoing members were recognized.

• David Post, Council Member, will provide an update on the city’s partnership with KIVA, a national lending program offering zero-interest, no-fee micro-loans to minority women and entrepreneurs. City council members suspended their partnership with the program at the February 1 meeting to iron out communication and organizational issues.

• Council will consider authorizing Acting City Manager Brian Hiatt to execute a $650,000 contract with Atlantic Coast Contractors for the construction of the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project.

• Council will consider adding June 16 to the schedule of City staff holidays, with observance beginning in the current fiscal year. The holiday would be observed on June 20 and will replace President’s Day on future staff holiday calendars. Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the United States and was recognized as a federal holiday last year.

• Council will consider holding two public hearings for the March 15 meeting to discuss the voluntary annexation of Cloninger Investments, located at 645 Julian Road, and the annexation of parcels 407-014 and 407-015 on Henderson Grove Church Road.

• Council will consider an application to begin the process of voluntary annexation of Oxford Station, a parcel labeled 321-079 and located on Old Mocksville Road.

• Council will consider appointments to various boards and commissions. It approved several term renewals at the February 15 meeting and tabled the appointment of new members since nominations are still being submitted and terms expire on March 31.

• Council will consider an ordinance amending Section 13-338 of the City Code to restrict parking at all times on Annadale Avenue from West Henderson Street to a point 390 feet north of the West Henderson Street.

• Council will consider approving a right-of-way permit for the use of two adjacent parking spaces at 133 Main Street South until April 1 for building renovations.

• Council will consider a resolution in support of an Air Quality Congestion Mitigation (CMAQ) grant application for the purchase and renovation of the Salisbury depot.

• Mayor Karen Alexander will proclaim March as Women’s History Month. She will declare the week of March 6-12 Women in Construction Week.

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