Village of Empire Considering Measures to Temporarily Prevent New Businesses From Setting Up Shop

The village of Empire Wednesday will consider measures to temporarily prevent new businesses from setting up shop.

Empire’s Village Council will consider a moratorium on zoning requests.

It’s all about two lots that are for sale and concern that one of them could be purchased for a big box store.

People here are concerned about whatever is going to move in here.

Many have told me that they want the town to preserve its mom and pop stores and its unique charm.

It appears a developer is eyeing another lot to possibly build a Dollar General.

But a village council member says no formal inquiry has been made at least to the village.

At tonight’s village meeting, council members will consider a moratorium on all new zoning requests.

They’re going to take some time to reassess their zoning ordinances and how those play into their master plan for the city.

Neighbors next to an empty lot on south M22 say they’ve heard rumors about it being bought by people representing Dollar General and they don’t want that in their town.

“We don’t want big boxes we don’t need big boxes here it would be lovely if we could get a grocery store to come in and serve the community full time. We’re a tourist destination. People don’t come here to go to a Dollar General store,” said Former Empire Planning Commissioner, Karen Baja.

9&10 News will be in Empire for the meeting Wednesday night and we’ll also bring you community reaction to the plan.