Medina Journal-Register — The Ridgeway Planning Board signed a special use permit for a new Dollar General store at its meeting Wednesday night.
The store will be located at the northeast corner of Routes 104 and 63. Store officials plan to remove the dilapidated barn and silo currently on the property and begin work on the the 9,100-square-foot building this spring. Optimally, it will open something this fall.
The main concerns raised at the meeting were how the addition of Dollar General would affect nearby businesses and homes.
Store officials told the planning board and those in attendance that business in that area would increase because of the new store. Prospectively speaking, more advertising for the new store would bring more customers to its neighbors, too.
The building will be built to the east of where the silo is now, with the driveway 200 feet north of Route 104.
Also on Wednesday, Brunner International gave a brief presentation regarding its pending expansion. The company made news in December when it was announced that it was considering its Medina-based facility for a $15 million expansion. In December the company was listed as a recipient of low-cost hydropower to help construct a 45,000-square-foot addition to its location at the corner of Bates Road and Route 31.
The Ridgeway Planning Board was not required to take action on anything regarding Brunner. However, the company must still go before Orleans County since its upcoming project will involve some wetlands. In order to build on wetlands, the company will need to replace the space. Also, since the land is, indeed, wet, the Army Corps of Engineers is going to help with the planning.
Overall, the addition of Dollar General and more work space at Brunner will add jobs to the area. It is anticipated that Dollar General will employ eight to 10 people, while Brunner will add between 40 and 50.