Land for Basye Dollar General rezoned

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors has approved the rezoning of 1.6 acres in Basye to make way for a Dollar General store.

The board voted 4-2 on April 25 to approve the request from the Broadway Group, a commercial real estate firm in Huntsville, Ala., which will construct the 9,100-square-foot discount store at 1460 Orkney Grade.

Formerly zoned as high-density residential, the land will now be zoned general business.

Supervisors Conrad Helsley, Cindy Bailey, Richard Walker and Marsha Shruntz voted for the rezoning. Dick Neese and Steve Baker, whose 2nd District includes Basye, voted against it.

No cost estimate or timetable for construction have been decided, though the Planning Commission has approved the Broadway Group’s site plan, Walker said.

The store will be the county’s seventh Dollar General, joining stores in New Market, Mount Jackson, Edinburg, Woodstock, Toms Brook and Strasburg.

On April 5, the county’s Planning Commission voted 6-1 to recommend that supervisors not approve the rezoning. Walker, the supervisors’ representative on the commission, cast the sole supporting vote.

The advisory panel’s decision came amid complaints from Basye residents, particularly those from Bryce Hill Condominiums, which is one-tenth of a mile from the store site, Walker said.

“It was a ‘not in my backyard’ kind of thing,” Walker said. “They didn’t want to have to drive by it.”

Calls to Bryce Resort seeking comment on the store were not returned.

During a phone interview, Baker said that while he is not opposed to the store’s construction, other spots already commercially zoned would be better locations for Dollar General.

“We have the Community Store and others that have gone out of business over the years,” Baker said. “There’s a better opportunity to go back there.”

The rezoned land is between the Community Store and the Basye post office. In addition to Bryce Hill, the Four Seasons Rentals office is less than half a mile from the site.

During the April 25 meeting, Neese also voiced his opposition to the planned store site.

“I would like to see economic development, but not that location for it,” he said.

The store would provide more convenience for Basye residents and Bryce Resort visitors who must drive 12 miles to Mount Jackson for groceries, Walker said.

“It will make those trips easier,” he said. “It will be far more beneficial for local full-time residents.”

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