Dollar General looking to build in W. Henrietta historical hamlet

March 13, 2019 11:13 PM

HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WHEC) -- On Wednesday night, dozens packed the Henrietta Town Board meeting to oppose a new neighbor in West Henrietta - Dollar General. 

The store wants to build in a vacant lot in the middle of their historical district.

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The land is zoned commercial but it would be built within the historic Hamlet of West Henrietta alongside homes that are more than a century old.

The concerns by neighbors include damage to the historic character of the hamlet and if the business one day closes, it would then become a vacant building. 

In an effort to fit in with the historic hamlet, the chain is modifying the look of the business for the community, utilizing a "cobblestone look that's historic" said their developer in Wednesday's meeting. 

"That particular site is in the heart of a lot of Henrietta residents and it's easy to see why they're not happy with it," said Stephen Schultz, Henrietta Town Supervisor. "I'm not a fan of it but that being said, every time we asked them to do something, Dollar General has complied." 

The town tabled Wednesday's vote as they wait for the formal application to come through.

They will vote on the project's impact on the historic site which if it's voted down, the supervisor says the project would be done.


Beth Cefalu

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