Dollar General planned in Beech Creek

LOCK HAVEN – If everything works out as planned, a new Dollar General Store is coming to Beech Creek Township.

The Clinton County Planning Commission heard about the proposal Tuesday from Nichole L. Mendinsky, a staff professional for HRG Engineering of State College.

After listening to a brief description of the project, the planning commission voted to offer generally favorable comments.

Under the terms of a land development plan submitted by HRG, the new store would be located at the former Graham’s Exxon service station.

The only concerns raised were the status of the fuel tanks that were on the property, and whether they have been properly deactivated or removed.

Longtime resident of the area Melvin Coakley assured the planning commission that the underground gasoline tanks were removed from the property, but said he was more concerned about a frequent water run-off problem that occurs in that region.

Mendinsky replied that the designs were created to ensure that no additional run-off problems occurred, and said no additional impervious surface was anticipated, as the property is almost entirely paved as it stands.

County Planning Director Tim Holladay said the developer has prepared a proper erosion control plan and a stormwater management plan.

The proposal calls for demolition of the existing building at 455 Eagle Valley Road, and construction of a 9,100-square-foot facility.

The property is zoned Multiple Use- 2, Highway Mixes, and retail stores like Dollar General are a permitted use in that district, Holladay said.

The project site is along Eagle Valley Road west of the intersection of Graham’s Lane. The design includes the new store, access drives, parking lots and utilities.

The land was previously developed for commercial use and the existing stormwater system will be rerouted and replaced, the developers said.

The commission members expressed some satisfaction that the entry and exit from the facility will be more clearly defined.

There are 33 parking spaces provided, and 33 parking spaces are required by the ordinance.

The plan calls for limiting the disturbed area to .97 acres, eliminating the need for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

A permit is generally required of larger developments under the Clean Water Act which prohibits anybody from discharging “pollutants” through a “point source” into a “water of the United States” unless they have an NPDES permit.

The word “pollutants” has a very broad meaning under the act because it has been through 25 years of litigation. The word includes any type of industrial, municipal, and agricultural waste discharged into water.

Coakley also expressed some concern for the monitoring wells on site, and said the developers should be cognizant of their locations.