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A Dollar General store coming to Morris center (10-04-17)

Land has been cleared at the future site of a Dollar General store in the center of Morris. BZ photo

Things perked up in Morris this week when it was learned that the property being cleared and leveled next to the post office on West Street will be where a Dollar General store will be built.

It will be the first national chain store to set up shop in the center of town. Dollar General, which offers discounts of household goods, has 13,000 stores in 44 states.

The store will be built by a developer, Garrett Homes LLC of Harwinton, on 1.24 acres at 16 West St. The property was sold to MCG Morris LLC of Harwinton by Sunset View LLC of Morris for $167,000 on Sept. 11. The principal of Sunset View LLC is Steven Cook of Morris.

Shortly after the sale was completed, work began to clear and level the lot. But it wasn't until Monday that a sign appeared advertising the location as the future site of a Dollar General.

The store will occupy a 7,544 square-foot building that was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission in July. The building as it was proposed met zoning regulations for the commercial zone in the center of town.

Many Morris residents are upset at the idea of a Dollar General in the center of their small town and some are planning to attend a meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission tonight (Wednesday) at 7 to voice their displeasure. Planning and zoning will be considering the design of the sign Dollar General is proposing for the property.

There's also a petition on that as of this morning had 869 signatures of individuals opposed to a Dollar General in town. The petition was started by Lisa Barker of Morris.

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