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Final approvals near on proposed Dollar General in Homer

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Last night, the Homer planning board resumed discussion on a new Dollar General at 15 South West Street.

Familiar concerns were brought up regarding the store’s potential impacts on road congestion and neighbors in the area.

A traffic study was conducted December 15 to estimate how an increase of volume might play out.

Ashley Niederman, who sits on the planning board and owns Ash Decor on Main Street, raised issue once again on the timing of the study:

“My concern is that this was done on a Tuesday during the winter and in the middle of a pandemic.”

Dan Griffiths, the engineer and project applicant, said the NYSDOT is involved and thus far has raised no issues.

At the last meeting, the board decided to hire its own engineer — Tim Buhl — to oversee the process. He also reviewed the recently completed Byrne Dairy project.

Buhl did make some technical recommendations on the site plans for Dollar General, but said the traffic question is up to the state to decide.

“DOT calls the shots mostly on this,” said Buhl. “It’s their highway. If traffic safety is a concern, I’d suggest that residents write to them and maybe they would be up for putting a crosswalk or another sidewalk in.”

Some minor details are being worked out before the county planning board revisits the proposal during their February meeting.

After that, a final decision will be left up to the village.

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