CRANSTON, R.I. — The City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to approve a zone change that will allow the construction of a Dollar General store at Park Avenue and Dyer Street.
The now-vacant site at 1315 Park Ave. is about two-thirds of an acre and was once occupied by a combination gas station and car wash, but that was torn down several years ago. Robert D. Murray, representing the zone change applicant, Omega Inc., said his client hoped to start work on the new store by fall, pending other more procedural state and local reviews.
“This was big,” he said of the vote.
The site was zoned M-1, for restricted industry, but that designation did not match the city’s 2010 comprehensive master plan, which saw that intersection better suited to commercial uses.
“Therefore, the proposed rezone to C-3 General Business will be consistent with the comprehensive plan,” the City Plan Commission wrote to the council in its recommendation that the change be approved.
The site is bordered by mixed commercial uses, including a doughnut store, a gas station and a multifamily housing development across from Dyer Street. The Pocasset River is nearby.
Besides getting the parcel’s zoning classification in line with the comprehensive plan, the commission’s letter noted the plan also requires the city to eliminate spots where parcels’ zoning are inconsistent with the plan.
Dollar General’s website claimed 13,320 stores nationwide as of February of this year, including at least a half-dozen in Rhode Island and one in Cranston on Broad Street.
In another development-related action, the council referred to the Ordinance Committee for a public hearing and review a request to rezone the old police station site on Atwood Avenue. The requested change, from Commercial-2 to Commercial-4, would allow construction of a 70-seat Dairy Queen restaurant and a separate building the would house a car-rental business, a hair-cutting salon and a sandwich restaurant, as well as a fourth to-be-determined retail business.