Back to drawing board for Family Dollar

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 12:48 PM.

Woodward did not speak at the hearing, and afterwards said he planned to continue his bid to secure a special exception as a retail specialty store under the terms of the C-3 commercial zoning. Woodward wants to construct a more than 8,300-square foot store on 1.16 acres at U.S. 98 and Clairmont.

“We have no other alternative but to go back and follow due process and all the administrative procedures as set forth,” he said.

Woodward, 47, said he has been developing for 19 years, mainly single-tenant retail projects. According to the appeal, Blue Current, if granted zoning approval, would develop and construct the store, and then receive rental income arising from lease arrangements between Blue Current and Family Dollar Stores, Inc.

“This is a first for me,” he said. “It’s unfortunate. I’ve been coming to Apalachicola a long time vacationing, My father in law grew up here; our family comes here three or four times a year.”

Woodward said that ever since the project began in April 2012, the process has been “an open book.

“I believe the Family Dollar was enhanced architecturally to look good. The landscaping package, it’s going to look good. A lot of things we’ve tried to do to make it the nicest store we’ve ever done,” he said. “I do believe the reason they want to relocate is they want to see more groceries. I believe that (once) a lot of people saw retail items they have access to, they would utilize it.”

Woodward said he believes his request for zoning approval “qualifies under the vague definition of specialty retail.”

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