Family Dollar fight looms

A view of the lot where the Family Dollar wants to relocate

A view of the lot where the Family Dollar wants to relocate

Lois Swoboda
Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 09:43 AM.


Plans to build a new Family Dollar store on a prominent wooded lot along U.S. 98 at the western end of Apalachicola drew criticism Tuesday night, setting the stage for a possible confrontation with the store’s developer.

After listening to a series of concerns led by Apalachicola resident Jim Philyaw, city commissioners voted unanimously to have City Attorney Pat Floyd attend Monday night’s Planning and Zoning meeting, where the matter is expected to be on the agenda.

“For the last few months I’ve been concerned,” Philyaw told commissioners. “I keep hearing that the Family Dollar store is going to build an outlet across from my house.”

Philyaw, who said he had spent a number of years as a member of P and Z when the comprehensive plan was first approved several years ago, questioned whether P and Z had acted properly when it first granted the project a tentative go-ahead in April 2012.

Admitting that much of his knowledge on the matter had been gleaned second-hand, from talk on the street, Philyaw provided evidence to suggest P and Z lacked the authority to give the project its blessing, since the department store did not fall under the many possible special exceptions allowed in C-3 areas under the terms of the comp plan’s land use element.

“There’s not a shoe that fits in there for a Family Dollar store,” he said. “A convenient store on average has six to eight parking spaces. This proposal is for 44 parking places. None of them (special exceptions) even come close.”

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