By Jonathan Morales
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 at 11:51 pm in Moraga.
This will be posted at ContraCostaTimes.com tomorrow morning and updated later in the day:
MORAGA — Despite substantial public opposition, the Town Council on Wednesday night gave the go-ahead for a Dollar Tree in the Rheem shopping center.
The council voted 4-1 to uphold the Planning Commission’s conditional approval and at the same time deny a residents’ group’s appeal of that approval.
The residents group argued Dollar Tree’s products and working conditions presented a health and safety hazard and the store’s presence in Moraga would negatively impact neighboring businesses and residential property values.
Council members said they understood the concerns but that there was no legal justification for denying the application.
Councilman Dave Trotter cast the lone no vote, saying he disagreed with the removal of a condition that would require Dollar Tree to compensate the town for any legal expenses that arose from approving the store.
Town staff felt that condition could discourage other businesses from coming to Moraga.