Lot approved for Harley-Davidson

The Henderson Planning Board cleared the way this afternoon for a Harley-Davidson store to open at Dabney Exchange.

On a motion from Roberta Douglas that was seconded by Linda Allen, the board voted 6-0 to approve the request of developer MarkPiercePoole Properties to divide an 8.1-acre lot into two parcels: 1.6 acres and 6.5 acres.

The action came after a public hearing in which no one spoke, not even a representative of the developer.

The smaller of the two new lots will be home to Shelton’s Harley-Davidson of Henderson, which already has an orange sign marking the site at the corner of Prosperity Drive and U.S. 158 Bypass. The board did not discuss the merchant or when the store will open.

As MarkPiercePoole partner Grey Poole discussed during the regular Planning Board meeting last week, much of the 6.5-acre parcel is unusable because of fill material piled to a depth of 10 to 20 feet. In requesting and receiving Planning Board approval at that meeting to alter the Dabney Exchange road plan, Poole speculated that the fill includes the remains of the pickle plant that once occupied the site.

Planning Director Erris Dunston said the developer is likely to request a further division of the 6.5-acre site once it has a business for 1 to 2 acres along Exchange Street opposite Kelly Rentals. The remainder of that land will go unused.

Before the meeting, Douglas said she was impressed that the developer is getting so much out of the land, which is bordered by Interstate 85, U.S. 158 Bypass and Dabney Drive on the western edge of Henderson. The brine from the pickle plant turned the land into an environmental brownfield, a contaminated industrial site that requires cleanup for reuse.

“It was an eyesore,” Douglas told her colleagues, but now it has a mix of restaurants and retail.