The City of Crawfordsville Board of Zoning Appeals approved Curt Rafferty’s request to convert an existing building at 900 and 964 E Market St. into a Dollar General store.
Engineer and developer for Paul Primavera & Associates Jason Copperwaite spoke on behalf of Rafferty in front of the board. Copperwaite said they plan to convert one of the buildings at the location that used to be part of Raybestos.
“We’ll keep the building that was added more recently because it has a steel structure. All we’ll do is re-face that building to re-purpose it to our needs. We’ll then tear down the two older buildings and the old gas station on the location,” Copperwaite said.
Board member Don Swearingen said he was in favor of the proposed changes.
“I can remember when that was a Standard Market, then a Marsh and then finally Raybestos,” Swearingen said. “I think it’d be nice to get those old building out of there and get something new back in there.”
The Dollar General would put in parking lots in the location of the old buildings.
With no discussion from the public, the board took it to a vote, which passed unanimously.
“Go for it guys. Thank you,” Swearingen said.
In other business, the board approved:
• A use variance request by Dan Walden of W. Enterprises, LLC to allow a transfer station located at 302 S Oak St. Walden’s attorney John Capper assured the board that W. Enterprises would strictly be recycling industrial waste, and was not entertaining the idea of accepting trash from the public. The board passed the request unanimously.
• A request from Ajet Rushani for a special exception to use his home at 822 S Washington St as a home office for his heating and air conditioning business. Rushani is the only employee and typically travels to customer’s homes to make the necessary repairs and works out of his van. The board approved the request under the pretense that it would only be Rushani and his wife working for this company, and just one van as the company vehicle, as it is in a residential area.
• A request from Rick and Jeff Oliver of Haley’s Lock, Safe & Key for a use variance of a location at 909 E Market St. Haley’s Lock, Safe & Key has stores in Lafayette and currently has one in Crawfordsville at 130 W Main St. Rick Oliver said that they are looking for a larger store so that they can expand their business here to match those in Lafayette, which sell not only security equipment but guns as well. In order to apply for a gun permit, the company needs to have a permanent location, which this would allow. The board approved, voting unanimously.