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Columbia City Hall (2021 file photo courtesy of city of Columbia)

Proposed new Dollar General divides residents in busy east Columbia neighborhood

Columbia City Hall (2021 file photo courtesy of city of Columbia)

Thursday evening is your opportunity to testify about a proposed new Dollar General store on East St. Charles in east Columbia. That’s near the Lake of the Woods exit.

Residents are expected to pack tonight’s 7 o’clock planning and zoning commission meeting. City staff is recommending approval of the project, saying it meets the technical requirements of the PD district.

Neighbors who oppose a new Dollar General say it would hurt their property values and would cause safety problems from increased vehicle traffic. They also note there’s a second Dollar General store two miles away at Clark lane and Hanover. Other opponents worry about litter. Dollar General plans to add a trash receptacle in the parking lot.

Supporters say a new store is needed on East St. Charles road: they also say many low-income families in that area don’t have a vehicle and that the store would help those families. A local food pantry in that area supports the proposal.

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