While the Lehigh Acres Architectural & Zoning Review Board approved a request for a new Dollar General store to be built at the intersection of SR82 and Alabama Road in August of 2013, it has now turned down a request when representatives of Dollar General came back before the board recently to request a deviation from the architectural standards for the north and east elevations.
The second request before the board pertained to the deviation of the architectural elevations only, according to Greg Diserio, chairman of the LAAZRB.
A representative of Dollar General with Foresie Group presented suggestions for changes on behalf of the applicant.
He presented the architectural elevations and the request to deviate from the standards on two sides of the building because they wouldn't be visible to the public and/or the abutting property owners as there is a proposed wall along the north property line and the landscaping will eventually buffer the building. He also told the local board that Dollar General was trying to offset some additional costs created by fire tank and roadway improvements.
However, Diserio said that the fence and buffer, if properly maintained, would aid in screening the building but would not fully screen it.
He said he was not entirely opposed to the request, but would like to see architectural treatments of some kind to help protect the adjacent property owners along Alabama Road.
After much discussion, the architectural and zoning review board of Lehigh expressed concerns about allowing such a deviation and setting a precedent within the community.
"This situation will be similar in many commercial developments given the small lot plat of Lehigh Acres, Diserio said.
A motion was made to recommend denial of the request and it was unanimously passed by the board.