MUNDY TWP. (WJRT) - (08/05/15) - The community brought plenty of concerns to the Mundy Township Zoning Board, Wednesday, but in the end, it was about size and space.
ABC12 confirmed with Dollar General, last month, plans to build a location at the northwest corner of Grand Blanc and Linden roads.
Site plans put the 9,100 square foot building closer to the road than allowed by the township's zoning ordinance. A variance was requested to get around the issue, but in the end, a refusal to shrink the structure cost the retail chain.
The Zoning Board voted 3-to-1 to deny the variance.
"We were considered the little guy and (they say) little guys don't win? I'll tell you what. Little guys do win," said Kevin Dzurak.
Dzurak lives right next to the property and has been against the idea ever since hearing, last month, that Dollar General wanted to move in.
Among his concerns: The fact that water flows right through the property, traffic issues at a busy intersection and that the area just doesn't need it.
"Nobody wants a Dollar General," Dzurak said. "We have a store across the street that sells the same thing. We have a store a mile down the road that sells the same thing."
Linden Marketplace, down the street, is one of those stores. Owner Ray Hanna was happy to see the vote go the way it did.
"They're killing the small business, the mom and pop. Corporate America is getting out of hand," he said. "I've been here for a long time and I don't want to go out of business."
The Zoning Board of Appeals didn't want to comment on camera about its vote, but ABC12 is told Dollar General can come back to the township with a revised plan.
ABC12 reached out to Dollar General for comment, but the chain says it isn't able to comment at this time.