By Kaylee Lindenmuth
SHEPPTON - The East Union Township supervisors will hold a public meeting on July 17 regarding the rezoning of a property in the village of Sheppton for use as a Dollar General store.
According to a published public notice, the 33.8 acre property requested to be rezoned, located on the west side of Route 924 a quarter of a mile north of its intersection with Schoolhouse Road, is currently owned by L&B Landholding, LLC. Currently, the property is zoned Conservation Residential, and the request is to rezone to Highway Commercial.
The public hearing is set for Tuesday, July 17 at 11:00am at the township municipal building, 10 East Elm Street.
"I have no comment on it right now, because I don't know enough about it," said township supervisor Dennis Antonelli after Thursday's meeting.. "All I know is that they are interested in putting a store in that vicinity, and we need more input from the (township residents), and more input from the engineers."
According to Angela Petkovic, Dollar General Media Relations, the company is in the "due diligence" phase for a potential store in Sheppton.
"This means we are reviewing the opportunity to add a new store in the area, but we have not committed to doing so just yet," Petkovic said in an email.
According to Petkovic, the store would employee six to ten people.
If constructed, the store would be the fourth in northern Schuylkill County, with other locations in Shenandoah, Mahanoy City, and Ashland.
Residents spoke at the regular township meeting regarding concerns with environmental concerns, the building's distance from neighboring properties, well water, and the impact on businesses within the village.