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Dawson Market Place could gain a new store or sit-down restaurant next to Kroger
New Location next to Kroger
The location of where a new shop or sit-down restaurant may go in next to the Dawson County Kroger. - photo by Julia Hansen

Stores along the Dawson Market Place commerce hub are one step closer to having a new neighbor in the future. 

Tuesday night, the planning commission approved a variance for all-offsite parking at a forthcoming restaurant or retail space next to Kroger Marketplace. They also approved a driveway variance to the future business. 

During the application presentation, Ethan Underwood of Miles, Hansford & Tallant, LLC represented Cory Cianci of COR Properties LLC. He said his client wanted the variances to help with subdividing property at the Kroger Marketplace development. 

The land in question is currently a part of Kroger’s 15-acre property, tax parcel 106-075-014.

Kroger is under contract to sell an approximately one-thirds-acre site to Cianci, who will develop it, Underwood said. 

This square portion is at the front of a grass rectangle between Kroger’s pharmacy and pick-up areas and Marketplace Boulevard. 

The lawyer elaborated that because Cianci will collateralize into a separate tax parcel, the need for the parking variance arises. Currently, section 607(e) of Dawson County Land Use Resolution Article VI allows for up to half of a business’s parking to be on a separate tax parcel. 

Underwood added that there’s “loads of parking” currently in front of the supermarket. 

He also showed the planning commissioners a reciprocal easement agreement that would establish a non-exclusive easement over common areas. The measure would allow for shared parking and pedestrian access to Kroger and Cianci’s property. 

Ingress and egress for a forthcoming business would happen on and off of Marketplace Boulevard. 

The business’s driveway would be accessible via an easement rather than a curb cut. 

“We can’t tell you who it is,” said Underwood, referring to the future business. “But you’ll like it.”