WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - At the next Walnut Ridge City Council meeting, members will vote on whether or not to re-zone an area of town making it a commercial site.
According to Mayor Charles Snapp, the old Wallin's Wrecker Service building and a residential zone behind it could be the site of a new business if the re-zoning passes.
"I'm going to guess it's been vacant probably 30 years," said Snapp.
The property is on West Main Street and Southwest 7th Street in Walnut Ridge and formerly a large home was on the property that is currently a residential zone.
"There was a large two-story house that was basically derelict," he said. 'The people who owned that property sold the residential property to the people that owned the wrecker shop."
Snapp said the owners tore the home down and the lot is now vacant.
He said people in town are excited about the new store possibly being built in town.
"Rumor has it, it's a Dollar Tree," he said. "It will offer a wide variety of items and, from what I understand, they have quite a grocery selection as well."
He said he has heard some people in town say they often drive to Pocahontas or Jonesboro to shop their Dollar Tree locations.
"Several have said they would much rather see this than the old wrecker service and the containers that are sitting there," he said. "We are not only gaining a business, we are keeping business local."
Next Monday, the city council will put the re-zoning to a vote and if an emergency clause is enacted, construction could begin within 60 to 90 days.
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