Poll: Should the Zoning Board approve a special use permit to build a new auto parts store?

Should the Zoning Board approve a special use permit to build a new auto parts store? Tell us your opinion in the poll below.
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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Should the Zoning Board approve a special use permit to build a new auto parts store? Tell us your opinion in the poll below. 

Portsmouth RI Commercial LLC is seeking a special use permit to allow a new 7,250 sq.-ft. structure in town.

The proposed structure, which will house a new O’Reilly Auto Parts store, is a modification to a previous plan, which resulted in building the heavily contested Dollar General store currently located on East Main Road.

The new structure, if approved, would be located at 3228 East Main Road. 

Starting from a single store in 1957, O’Reilly Auto Parts now occupies 4,829 locations throughout the United States. The closest store to Portsmouth is located in Fall River, Mass. 

The petition for approval will be presented to the Zoning Board at its meeting on Thursday, April 20. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2200 East Main Road. 

The entire agenda item reads as follows: 

(C) A petition by Portsmouth RI Commercial, LLC (owner), 3228 East Main Road (29- 32) for a special use permit (Art V, Sec E.14, Art VII, Sec. G) to allow a new 7,250 sq ft retail business development. The proposed development is a modification to a previously approved plan (March 19, 2015) with a 6,000 sq ft retail building.

Should the Zoning Board approve the special use permit to build an auto parts store? Tell us in the poll here. 

Should the Zoning Board approve the petition from Portsmouth RI Commercial LLC to build a new auto parts store?

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Dollar General sale

The request approved in March 2015 to build the Dollar General store came under heavy local opposition, which included the circulation of a petition throughout town.

Two years later, the Dollar General store is currently listed for sale at a price of $2 million. The real estate listing, last updated on April 10 by the firm EXP Realty Advisors, reads as follows: 

EXP Realty Advisors exclusively presents for sale this newly constructed Dollar General located in Portsmouth, RI. The building is brand new, ground up construction with a rent commencement in January 2016. The building benefits from upgraded construction in a typical colonial style which cost the developer approximately $200,000 more than a standard, new Dollar General building. The property is located at the intersection of East Main Street and Prague Street. Retailers in the immediate area include Citizens Bank, Rite Aid, Dunkin’ Donuts and Cumberland Farms. The property is across the street from Howard Hathaway Elementary School and near Portsmouth High School (900 students).

What do you think about the proposal to build an auto parts store in Portsmouth? Tell us in the comment section or email a Letter to the Editor to Sandy@PortsmouthPress.com

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