Dollar General planned for Bloomingdale
Virtual public presentation on project tonight
BLOOMINGDALE — Dollar General has a permit in place to open up a store here on state Route 3, and residents interested in learning more about the proposed development can call into a St. Armand town board meeting tonight, where the project manager from the chain is scheduled to give a presentation on the project.
Town Supervisor Davina Winemiller said the property where the store is planned is at 1790 state Route 3, east of River Road and Union Street. According to Essex County’s tax map, this property is owned by William Latham. He could not be reached for an interview.
“A lot of folks have asked me how come I didn’t have a public hearing on this,” Winemiller said. “The answer is simple. There is no zoning in the town of St. Armand.”
Winemiller explained that Dollar General’s plans only needed clearance from the state Adirondack Park Agency and to meet state building codes.
APA spokesperson Keith McKeever said the company submitted an APA jurisdictional inquiry form, and the agency determined it does not have jurisdiction over the project since the land is classified as “hamlet,” meaning an already developed area where the agency is most lenient. Winemiller said the project has been issued a building permit.
St. Armand Code Enforcement Officer Derrick Martineau asked the Dollar General project manager to show up at the meeting to provide more information to the public.
To attend the 6:30 p.m. town board meeting, use GoToMeeting at https://bit.ly/3uZZ966 or call in by phone at 1-872-240-3212 with the access code: 659-924-765.
(Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the APA approved the Dollar General project. Rather, the agency determined that it does not have jurisdiction over it. The Enterprise regrets the error.)