ALBANY — Though depleted in ranks, the Dougherty County Commission gave final approval Monday to a rezoning request that will allow Teramore Development to move forward with construction of a Dollar General store at the corner of Clark Avenue and Hill Road in East Albany.
Property owner Cecil Musgrove had sought rezoning of 1.68 acres of property at the site from AG (agriculture district) to C-2 (general mixed-use business district) to allow for development of the general store. Teramore Development is a preferred contractor for Dollar General.
The commission voted 4-0 (with Chairman Jeff Sinyard and Commissioner Jack Stone absent and the District 5 seat formerly held by Gloria Gaines now vacant) to approve the request.
Commissioner Clinton Johnson thanked representatives of the applicant for bringing the Dollar General to East Albany.
“There are a lot of families out that way who will be happy to have this business in their neighborhood,” Johnson said. The District 3 commissioner also asked Teramore representative Tom Hodges if the company had further interest in the community.
“We have two of our stores in development in the county now, but we’re looking at Dougherty County in its entirety for potential sites,” Hodges said during a public hearing held before the commission’s vote.
Commissioners also formally approved the recently discussed $529,483.58 in special tax funding to finance a widening project on Fleming Road that will allow easier access to Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany and granted a one-day alcohol license for a Flint RiverQuarium fundraiser April 5 at Nonami Plantation.
Johnson took a moment at the end of the meeting to “honor publicly” a young member of a local family who, despite the loss of his grandmother in a recent house fire, made a 911 call that “alerted emergency personnel and probably saved the rest of his family.”
“In my book, that young man is a hero,” Johnson said of the 10-year-old boy who called in the house fire that took the life of 67-year-old Vera Snell.