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“We live here; you don’t”: Homer planning board resumes Dollar General debate

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Discussion continued Monday night on a proposed Dollar General store on Route 281 in Homer.

Village planning board members met with project applicants and re-emphasized concerns about potential traffic disruptions, questions on driveway design and other points raised by stakeholders in the community.

Ashley Niederman, a member of the village planning board and owner of Ash Decor on Main Street, said the process should not be hurried along.

“I don’t think we need to rush this. We should take the time to sit down with the engineer and review the site plan because this is a very big decision,” Niederman said.

One idea she advised be looked into is another traffic study, since the first to be submitted was from before the new Byrne Dairy opened just up the road.

An attorney for Dollar General was at the virtual meeting and responded by calling it an “over ask” to conduct another study, claiming the DOT threshold requiring it triples what’s estimated in this project.

Niederman would not back down.

“I don’t know one person in our village who wants this, so we need to at least do what is best for them,” she said.

“We live here; you don’t.”

The board took no official action, as the county still needs to review a subdivision of the site at their meeting later this month on the 16th.

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