published Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Planned move of Family Dollar creates mixed feelings

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    Staff Photo by Angela Lewis/Chattanooga Times Free Press A sign at the corner of 3rd and Kilmer Streets is against the relocation of a Family Dollar store.

The upcoming expiration of the lease for the Family Dollar store on East Third Street has led to disagreements involving some Glenwood neighbors and a local developer.

Ed Cagle, with Cagle Development, wants to build a new Family Dollar store on the corner of Derby Circle and 2316 E. Third St., but Tommy Diller, president of the Glenwood Neighborhood Association, says it’s too close to the historic district.

“I’ve been trying for two years to find a place for another Family Dollar store, and I haven’t been able to find a piece that was big enough that wasn’t in a residential area, and this one is already commercial,” Cagle said.

“I can build anywhere; it doesn’t matter. I’ve done it for the neighborhood, not for me because I don’t need this fight,” he said. “They don’t have a grocery store there, they don’t have anywhere to shop. The people in the association have cars and jobs, but people who live there walk (to the store).”

Diller said all they ask Cagle and Family Dollar is to be responsible community members.

“The Glenwood community has been trying to work with Ed Cagle and Family Dollar to find appropriate property to develop,” he said.

“There is an empty and for-sale lot on East Third Street just a block away from the current location we asked Cagle Construction and Family Dollar to look into,” he said. “There is also an empty building on Dodson Avenue where Vincent Printing used to be we asked them to look into. Why they have not, I cannot answer.”

IF YOU GO

* What: Ed Cagle Family Dollar information BBQ

* When: Noon today

* Where: Derby Circle and East Third Street

* Information: Transportation provided at 11 a.m. from current Family Dollar, 2107 E. Third St.

District 9 Councilman Peter Murphy said he can’t come to a final opinion about the situation until he hears all the information, but as the proposal stands right now he agrees with the Glenwood Neighborhood Association.

“The neighborhood doesn’t want that, and I understand that,” he said. “It’s not appropriate for me to make a final decision, but I’m inclined to go with what my constituents are telling me and I understand their point very well.”

Jessica Moore, a Glenwood resident, said she’s in favor of Cagle’s proposal.

“Anywhere in the neighborhood is fine,” she said. “It’s really the only store in walking distance in the neighborhood. It helps everybody, the able and disabled, because a lot of people in this neighborhood don’t have a car.”

She said the closest grocery store is the Food Lion on Brainerd Road, which is about a six-minute drive away.

On Monday, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission will consider rezoning a portion of the site.

about Perla Trevizo...

Perla Trevizo joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 2007 and covers immigration/diversity issues and higher education. She holds a master’s degree in newswire journalism from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas. In 2011 she participated in the Bringing Home the World international reporting fellowship program sponsored by the International Center for Journalists, producing a series on Guatemalan immigrants for which she ...

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Salsa said...

"She said the closest grocery store is the Food Lion on Brainerd Road, which is about a six-minute drive away."

A whole six minutes! The horror!

August 7, 2010 at 11:59 a.m.
Humphrey said...

That's a pretty long walk on a hot day with your groceries, I am sure residents of that neighborhood would prefer the closer store if they are walking.

August 7, 2010 at 12:34 p.m.
Amos_Ives_Root said...

The location on Dodson isn't zoned for commercial use nor is the land there suitable for commerce. There's no room for parking!

Of course no measure of rationality will satisfy NIMBY types. I anticipate claims that proximity to Dollar General stores causes cancer.

Salsa: Your comment suggests you probably don't know anything about the city, so I don't understand why you felt the need to comment. The Brainerd Road Food Lion is on the other side of the tunnel under Missionary Ridge. I wouldn't want to walk there.

August 7, 2010 at 2:11 p.m.
Salsa said...

Amos_Ives_Root I do know that the comment was about driving and not walking. Perhaps you need to work on your reading comprehension. I also guarantee that I know far more about this city than you are able to even conceive of.

August 7, 2010 at 2:45 p.m.
AJSweeney said...

Its isn't shocking that Timesfreepress uses a quote from the manager of a half-way house in Glenwood as a resident who is pro trash-your-neighborhood-family-dollar! I guess they couldn't find anyone else.

August 8, 2010 at 7:48 a.m.
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