Dollar General Kalona

The Riverside Planning and Zoning Commission got a look at plans for a Dollar General on the east side of the city.

The 9,000-square-foot store is planned for a lot just west of Bud’s Meats on Highway 22. It will be built on an acre and half of property and will have 30 parking places.

The store could be open by next summer, pending approval of necessary permits and site plans.

Ryan Swanson, a principal with Arc Design, presented the proposal during the commission’s Aug. 27 meeting.

There was no action taken; the presentation was informational only.

The store design, as presented, would be similar to stores in Lone Tree and Kalona with a masonry front and steel sides.

City Clerk Becky LaRoche said the project still needs to get permits from the state Department of Natural Resources and the state Department of Transportation.

LaRoche said Dollar General hopes to start construction next spring. Company representatives have told her that the store will be ready to open 90 days after construction starts.

City Administrator Christine Yancey said commission members did not raise any issues with the plans they were presented.

Originally, Dollar General was looking at a site across the highway, between Kum and Go and the St. Francis Veterinary Clinic. According to La Roche, when property owner Steve Mann sold the land where Kum and Go is located, the deal included a promise that adjacent property would not be sold to a company that sold food or carry-out beer.

Dollar General currently has stores in Kalona and Lone Tree.

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