|The Chick-fil-A on Arlington Boulevard in Seven Corners doesn't have a drive-through.|
The 4,400-square foot fast-food chicken restaurant would replace a collection of antique shops in two buildings on a 1.2-acre site at 7120 Little River Turnpike across the street from Popeyes. The menu features chicken sandwiches, salads, waffle fries, and milkshakes.
|The Seven Corners Chick-fil-A is busy on a Saturday afternoon.|
“With the Chick-fil-A proposal, the site will be revitalized and improved with landscaping, open space, and an attractive building design,” the application states. In addition to the two buildings on the property, one of which was built in 1900, the site is completely paved with surface parking.
“Based on Chick-fil-A’s experience with similar restaurants in the area, approximately 500 patrons per day will visit the restaurant and 800 will go through the drive-thru,” the application says. The restaurant is expected to have approximately 75 employees, including 12 to 15 per shift during peak hours.
According to the estimate of traffic impact in the application, the Chick-fil-A would generate approximately 2,300 trips per day, including 212 trips during the morning peak hour and 152 during the p.m. peak hour. The restaurant is expected to serve the surrounding area within a 15-mile radius.
The statement of justification in the application says “the design of the restaurant will be compatible with the existing Annandale business sector and design guidelines.”
The statement acknowledges provisions in the county’s Comprehensive Plan for the Annandale Community Business Center that call for residential, commercial, or mixed-use development and discourage auto-centric uses.
However, Chick-fil-A notes that, under the Annandale Comprehensive Plan, “alternative uses may be considered when it is demonstrated that the proposal meets plan recommendations as to urban form, compatibility with surrounding development, transportation needs, pedestrian orientation, and other urban design aspects.”
In response to language in the Comprehensive Plan calling for new buildings to support the pedestrian environment and be oriented to the street, “Chick-fil-A proposes a building frontage closer to Little River Turnpike with additional frontage improvements that support and improve safety for pedestrians.”
The application calls for street trees, a 10-foot sidewalk, and additional landscaping along Little River Turnpike. It also proposes traffic improvements, including a dedicated right-of-way.