FRACKVILLE - A Lycoming County company is looking to build a Family Dollar in Frackville, right at the northern entrance to the borough.
In order to build the store - Upper Schuylkill's third - Moonrise Acquisitions, LLC, of Williamsport, had to receive approval for several zoning variance requests.
The property where the company is looking to build the store is irregularly shaped, meaning, to move forward with the project, it needs zoning relief.
According to Moonrise, the building would be 7,044 square feet. The Schuylkill County zoning ordinance requires one space per 200 square feet, therefore the proposed project would need 36 spaces. Moonrise requested approval for 26.
According to the county zoning board, the parking lot would face North Lehigh Avenue.
Three other variances requested dealt with yard setbacks. The ordinance requires a 35-foot front yard setback, while Moonrise requested a 25-foot reduction or a 10-foot setback adjacent to North Balliet Street. Also required is a 25-foot rear yard setback, which Moonrise requested a 15 foot reduction to Charlotte M. Smith's property or a 3-foot reduction to Harrison and Janet Harper's property.
On July 6, the county zoning board voted 3-2 to approve the variance applications, however, the project requires approval in other aspects to move forward.
According to PennDOT, the property will need a highway occupancy permit "if the developer is providing access for the property — driveway — or building within — sidewalks/curbing — in the state-owned right-of-way."
The Frackville Area Municipal Authority also needs to look over and approve a plan to connect the property to its system.
The property, at 121 North Balliet Street, is owned by Michael Kitsock, Frackville. According to Kitsock, if the Family Dollar property receives all necessary approval, he will sell the property to Moonrise.