MORRISDALE — A Dollar General store is coming to Morrisdale.
At Thursday’s Morris Township Supervisors, the board was briefed on preliminary plans for the new store. Project Manager Michael Swank, P.E. of Steckbeck Engineering & Surveying Inc., Lebanon, reported the location is off of the northern part of state Route 53 in Morrisdale — beside Kar’s Service Center.
“It is a typical store,” Swank told the supervisors, noting the store would encompass just over 9,000 square feet and be situated on a two-acre lot. Parking will be on the structure’s east side and would consist of 30 9-foot-by-20-foot spaces. The building will utilize public water and wastewater service.
A refuse container and a loading area will be situated at the northwest corner of the store. Swank said the area would be on a concrete slab.
“There will not be an elevated dock. The site is designed so that a truck can pull in or out in either direction,” he explained.
In most cases, deliveries are made early Monday mornings however that can change, Swank said, adding, “It doesn’t always happen.”
The township has no zoning designations, Swank noted. However, it does have its own subdivision and land development ordinance. Swank said he would request a revision to the ordinance since the township’s SALDO requirements would have endorsed the store having 46 10-foot-by-18-foot parking spaces.
“There are lots of these stores across the U.S. Thirty spaces is typical for a store of this size. This store is not a peak hour generator. It’s not a destination retailer. Typically people stop at the store on their way home from work or school to get toilet paper or toothpaste,” Swank stated.
Swank said the store wants to cut down on parking spaces because more spaces mean additional stormwater runoff to contend with.
Supervisor James Williams said he believed the intent of the township’s SALDO was to ensure development has adequate parking to meet the needs for its use. He cited of an example where someone would renovate a building into apartments without adding enough parking for all the tenants.
Several residents in attendance at the meeting reported they were glad to see the store coming to the area.
“I think it’s a good thing for our area,” Williams said.
Swank said the design, once completed, would be sent to both the Clearfield County and the Morris Township planning commissions for review and comment.