Palo Cedro group heated over two proposed building projects

Nov 18, 2014 9:10 PM

A group in Palo Cedro is protesting the proposed construction of two businesses along Deschutes Road.
In fact, they have been circulating a petition around Palo Cedro that's gathered more than 600 signatures -- all to stop a Dollar General and a Rite Aid from being built.

That group is the Palo Cedro Civic Association, formed by Joey Ortez, who owns a printing shop right across the street from the proposed Dollar General.
The main reason behind her motivation -- to preserve Palo Cedro's charm.

"Nobody wants to see beautiful oak trees go for a store cheaper than Walmart."

Joey Ortez says the oak trees carry a special meaning in Palo Cedro.

"When you think of Palo Cedro, you think of big beautiful oak trees."

The rural landscape is a part of life that she and other community members aren't willing to give up.

"We want to keep Palo Cedro rural, and we are being threatened by big-box stores that will shut down all the 'mom-and-pop' stores in town."

Two big-box stores -- Dollar General and Rite Aid -- want to build in Palo Cedro.
The Dollar general would go on this parcel on Old Forty-Four and Deschutes Road.
Chuck Stewart works right across from the site and thinks the Dollar General would bring more foot traffic to his shop.

"People will see there's a printing shop here and it would be good for our business."

Down the street next to Holiday Market is Rite Aid's temporary location.
Back in September, developers announced they would rebuild a full store with a drive-thru, shutting down this dentistry office along with the Tri Counties Bank -- and this landmark windmill.

"Everyone knows the windmill in the North State"

Annie Schwenning is a jack of all trades.
For the last two years, she's been running a salon and a dress alteration business inside the windmill landmark.

"I put a lot of effort into getting the windmill running...change is inevitable so we make the best of it."

Disappointed at first, Annie got the happy ending she was hoping for and won't go out of business after all.

"My owner graciously opted to relocate me, and I won't have to lose my was a gracious thing he did."

Ortez and her association are in the process of putting together a design review.
If it's approved by the county, it would create stricter standards for developers and possibly discourage Dollar General from building in Palo Cedro.


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