Mesa County clears way for Dollar General store

Two months after ditching plans to build a store in downtown Palisade, national discount retailer Dollar General is closer to opening one in Pear Park.

The Mesa County Commission unanimously approved Tuesday a rezoning of a 0.75-acre parcel at 3199 E Road, the first step toward the establishment of a store at that location. The board changed the zoning of the property at the southwest corner of 32 and E roads from residential multifamily to limited business.

In a phone interview Tuesday afternoon, Dylan Tarr, project engineer with Gresham, Smith & Partners, a Nashville, Tenn.-based consulting firm, said Dollar General intends to build a store at that location “as soon as possible.”

A report filed by Mesa County Senior Planner Ron Quarles indicates the store would be roughly 9,000 square feet in size.

The lack of controversy generated by Tuesday’s hearing — the rezoning request was on the commission’s consent agenda, and nobody from the public testified — was markedly different from the opposition generated by Dollar General’s previous efforts to open its first store in the Grand Valley.

Palisade agreed in February to sell an acre of property north of downtown to Franklin Land Associates LLC, a Tennessee development company, for $133,500. Dollar General proposed to build a 9,200-square-foot store.

The transaction angered Citizens for Smart Growth, a group that accused the town of failing to vet the deal with residents and argued a non-locally owned corporate entity didn’t mesh with the town’s character and could hurt other businesses.

In May, Dollar General informed town officials it wouldn’t proceed with the Palisade store but denied that opposition from Citizens for Smart Growth was a factor.

Tarr said he didn’t know whether Dollar General looked at the Pear Park site only after moving away from the one in Palisade, or intended to build in Pear Park all along.

Dollar General representatives didn’t return a call seeking comment.

The property is owned by Robert and Christine Zeimantz and William Hubbartt, although they intend to sell the property to Dollar General. The next step in the process will be for Dollar General to submit a site plan that will provide more details about the project, Quarles said.

Dollar General, based in Goodlettsville, Tenn., operates 9,200 stores in 35 states. There are 27 in Colorado, with the nearest to the Grand Valley in Montrose.


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