If the town Zoning Board of Appeals grants a use variance, a Dollar General variety store could be built on the former SMS Field on Ovid St.
The property is owned by the Bridgeport Fire Department, which bought it from the SMS Italian-American organization as the site of a new firehouse.
Those plans did not materialize, however, and the fire department put the property up for sale. Dollar General, based in Goodlettsville, Tenn., submitted a purchase offer for the 8.9-acre parcel, contingent upon the area variance being granted.
The land is zoned for single-family residential use and a variance would be needed to allow construction of a retail variety store in an R-1 district. The site is directly across from the town Municipal Building at 130 Ovid St.