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Dollar General’s plans in Loudon will be tweaked

By MELISSA PROULX
Union Leader Correspondent

October 23. 2017 9:22PM


LOUDON — Plans for a new Dollar General store in town are almost finished.

Developers will refine their architectural design and add a note to their site plan before coming before the planning board again next month.

The chain variety store is looking to set up shop at the intersection of Route 106 and 129.

The building would be 9,100 square feet and operate from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Deliveries would only be made once a week.

Access to the site would be from Route 106, which caused some concern for the Planning Board during discussion at its September meeting. Chairman Tom Dow said during the meeting he thought a driveway should be set up onto Route 129 as well as a connection.

“I just feel as a safety measure ... that the best thing to be done there is to provide that (driveway) off 129 not later, now,” he said.

The state Department of Transportation approved the driveway permit for the site, which means based on its assessment the department didn’t see any safety risks having the entrance there.

Developers have agreed to put a note on their plans that an extended driveway will be built out on the neighboring plot to Route 129 when that’s developed. The neighboring plot is part of a subdivision for the site that was conditionally approved by the Planning Board on Thursday.

“A note would be sufficient,” Dow said.

Along with safety, this will also prevent through access to the sites.

“We’re trying to make sure we have a through street and not a dead-end street,” said Planning Board Vice Chairman Stanley Prescott.

The only other minor changes expected to be presented at the next meeting are some architectural ones, like changing the colors to more gray tones and adding awnings or shutters over the window.

“I think you need to refine it a bit more,” Prescott said.


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