Hartford to review plans to rebuild Dollar General

The Hartford City Hall is pictured Nov. 17, 2017.

HARTFORD — The burned-out Dollar General store in Hartford might soon function again. 

The Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission will have a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. today at City Hall to review a new site plan for the building. 

City Manager Yemi Akinwale said in his manager’s report Monday that the owner of Dollar General was waiting for the settlement of the insurance claim before getting the rebuilding process started. 

He said the special meeting was set because the owner and architect wanted to get the plans to the commission before its September meeting. 

The Dollar General, at 118 Main St., was a total loss after a fire in May that was determined to be arson. No accelerant was detected, but the fire spread too fast to be accidental, moving from cardboard boxes behind the building to the building, the Hartford Fire Department reported at the time. The ceiling was destroyed by the fire and water and smoke damaged a lot of the product. The Hartford Police Department reported Wednesday that no one has been arrested for the crime and it is still under investigation. A $5,000 reward is still being offered for information about the fire.