New Dollar General In Works For Downtown Lawrenceburg
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Downtown Lawrenceburg residents clamoring for a dollar store since the Dollar General on Front Street closed earlier this year may be able to rejoice.
The former Dollar General at the Durbin Plaza closed along with other business that shut their doors or relocated in April after the retail building experienced roof leaks and sewage backups. In June, the Lawrenceburg Board of Works declared Durbin Plaza was an unsafe building.
The fate of the somewhat dilapidated shopping center remains in limbo. Dollar General, however, is poised to construct a new store on the nearby vacant property that was once the Tate Street trailer park.
A City of Lawrenceburg press release says one bid was submitted and opened at Monday night’s meeting of the Lawrenceburg Redevelopment Commission.
Developer Curtis Rafferty, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, proposed a 10,640 square foot retail building as well as residential family homes. According to the bid, the retail building will be leased to Dollar General for 15 years with the option of renewal, according to the release.
“This store will also be larger…and will offer a larger array of foods and household items,” said Rafferty, who has been developing for Dollar General since 2004 throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
The offer is still subject to conditions such as a zone change and land trade. Once acceptable terms have been reached by all interested parties, a purchase agreement will be executed. Lawrenceburg redevelopment director Grant Hughes said the parties are working diligently to resolve the issues.
“I am pleased to see a proposal that has potential and remain optimistic that the issues surrounding the project can be worked out. It will be great to have a Dollar General back downtown,” Lawrenceburg mayor Dennis Carr said.
Assuming the deal happens, downtown residents will have to wait a while longer before the store is ready for business. According to the city release, the proposal plans indicate the retail building will be completed within 10 months of closing of the land. The residential lot will be developed within two years of closing.