New Family Dollar Store on Miller St. at Dixie Ave.

The new Family Dollar Store on Miller St. at Dixie Ave.

Fruitland Park — City Commissioners unanimously approved three zoning variances on April 26 and a proposed site plan to develop an 8,320-square foot Family Dollar Store at 106 Miller St. (C.R. 466-A) near the corner of Dixie Ave. The store is slated to open on December 5.

Carlos A. Barrios, representing Family Dollar Stores, told commissioners the new store will generate two or three full-time jobs and up to 10 part-time jobs.

Permitting and impact fees for the steel building, signage and site work will total more than $32,000.

The Miller St. entry to the L-shaped site borders the back yards of six families living on the east side of Century St. north of Miller Ave.

Fruitland Park Community Development Director Charlie Rector reported that notices to 81 owners of 101 properties located within 300 feet of the project generated four telephone calls. None of the callers objected to the project after learning Family Dollar plans to erect a six-foot privacy fence and landscaping to shield residents’ back yards from traffic noise and headlights, Rector said.

Without the fence, the developer would be required to allocate a 15-foot buffer between the driveway and the back yards.
Commissioners also approved zoning variances to reduce the number of parking spaces required from 42 to 36, and to reduce the width of parking spaces from 10 feet to nine feet.

Nine-foot parking spaces are common throughout The Villages, Rector told commissioners, and can accommodate two golf carts, which are permitted on Fruitland Park city streets.

“You’d have to climb through them to get out, but yes, they would fit,” Rector told Fruitland Park Vice Mayor Sharon Kelly.

Barrios said the Family Dollar Store could open by January 1.

Family Dollar Stores Inc., based just outside Charlotte in Matthews, S.C., reported its revenues fell to $80.3 million during the first quarter of this year. The company currently operates more than 6,700 stores nationwide.

For more information about Family Dollar Stores, Inc. visit their web site.

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