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City OKs another variance for Dollar General warehouse

By Jimmy Daniell Isaac
Dec. 13, 2017 at 11:57 p.m.

Longview municipal leaders continue putting together the permits, variances and agreements needed to finalize bringing Dollar General Corp.'s next warehouse to the city.

The Tennessee company named Longview its lone finalist in October for a nearly 1 million-square-foot distribution center at the North Business Park that would employ up to 400 people within five years.

The city's Construction Advisory and Appeals Board approved a variance Wednesday that allows Dollar General to build a storage area at the site with exit access travel distance of 400 feet, which doesn't meet the city code standard of up to 250 feet. Exit access travel distance is the maximum distance a person must travel to reach an exit.

Building official Mark Savasta said Longview follows the 2012 International Building Code, but updates in 2015 and for 2018 provide up to 400 feet of exit access travel distance.

City Council members will consider a tax abatement agreement between DG Distribution of Texas — a division of Dollar General — and Long-view Economic Development Corp. at 5:30 tonight at City Hall.

The council also will hold a public hearing to consider the LEDCO's request that the city abandon 1.082 acres of Graystone Road and 1.55 acres of Lou Galosy Way rights of way. Both tracts are near the warehouse site off McCann and George Richey roads.

Gregg County commissioners might consider a similar agreement Monday, County Judge Bill Stoudt said.

Meanwhile, traffic studies are ongoing to determine how a distribution center with about 275 truck trips per day plus employee traffic will impact surrounding roads, said city Development Services Director Michael Shirley.

After Jan. 1, data from the studies will be submitted to the Texas Department of Transportation, which has oversight of George Richey Road, also known as FM 2275, Shirley said.



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