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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Chick-fil-A for Annandale - more work needed on traffic plan

An illustration of the proposed Chick-fil-A.
The Chick-fil-A proposal for Little River Turnpike. where the now-vacant antique center is located, calls for a 4,300-square-foot restaurant with a separate kiosk for drive-through food orders.

Staff would take orders and fill drinks at the kiosk while the food would be delivered there via an overhead conveyer system, explained the company’s attorney Sheri Akin, at a meeting of the Mason District Land Use Committee Sept. 24.


The proposed circulation plan.
There would be two drive-through lanes, handling 25 cars at a time, and 43 parking spaces. Employees would also take customers’ orders and collect payments outside via iPad. Eventually, diners inside the restaurant could use a phone app to place orders and pay.

The MDLUC members weren’t happy with Chick-fil-A’s proposal for access and circulation, which calls for opening a new access point to the Speedway service station next door.

Several committee members pointed out that the Speedway is often crowded and the access point would be blocked. The company is expected to rework the circulation plan before coming back to the MDLUC.

Chick-fil-A would also reduce the number of entrances on Little River Turnpike from two to one.

While the county’s Comprehensive Plan for Annandale says new development should be urban-oriented and not auto-centric, the Chick-fil-A proposal does include some preferred elements: The restaurant would be close to the street, the drive-through would be at the rear of the property, there would be a pocket park with benches and bike parking, and sidewalk would be widened to 10 feet.

Proposed site improvements include a new turn lane and median on Little River Turnpike, 38 new trees, and landscaping.

Like all Chick-fil-A restaurants, it would be open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. and would be closed on Sundays. There would be about 70 to 80 employees with about 15 per shift.

The Chick-fil-A proposal is expected to go the Planning Commission on Dec. 4 and the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 14, 2020.

The MDLUC also heard two other presentations:
  • A proposal for the Seven Corners Fire Station to use the temporary fire station on South Street while its building on Sleepy Hollow Road is remodeled and expanded.
  • A proposal to update the McDonalds at 4803 Leesburg Pike. 

21 comments:

  1. In addition to that they need a flagpole to hang the rainbow flag.

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    1. How about hanging that rainbow flag around your neck.

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    2. Yeah, see I see them putting a giant American and Jesus flag instead of that but miracles might happen.

      PS. Try not to be such a troll there bud.

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    3. Whoa whoa whoa, where can I get me a sweet Jesus flag?

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  2. Whatever it takes this will be a nice addition to annandale,every chick-fil-a I've always been in has been clean efficient and great fast food not to mention the jobs that it will bring in for the area

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  3. A business wants to invest in Annandale and government stands in the way.....

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    1. Classic Mason District! They should be clamoring to get CFA or any other retailer that can improve this blighted area... instead, we're going to quibble at the number of entrances in a parking lot.

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    2. Nobody should clamor for a Chick Fil A. Expensive, Mediocre chicken served with a side of bigotry.

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    3. And the many articles about how the discrimination against CFA for imagined bigotry actually hurts the hundreds of LGBTQ+ employees that work there are once again ignored by a self-righteous hero of the people. Try not to break your spine with all the back patting.

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    4. Uh, I have found approximately zero articles about how the backlash has hurt CFA. In fact, CFA is on pace to overtake subway and become the third largest fast food chain in the country. CFA is one of the most profitable FF companies in the nation, so they're doing just fine. Also, regarding how the "imagined backlash" has hurt LGBTQ employees, it's just the opposite. The few articles I found were about how difficult it was to be an LGBTQ employee for CFA when customers routinely say things to them like "I sure like eating here because CFA hates gays." Personally I don't really give a shit either way. I'm an LGBTQ supporter and all that, but I still eat their chicken. But let's not pretend that (a) Cathy vociferously contributes to anti-gay groups, (b) That probably makes it hard to be an LGBTQ employee, and (c) either way, CFA is doing extremely well as a company so while their views are starting to widely diverge from most of the country - the people have also announced they don't really care.

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  4. I won’t be patronizing it because of its bigotry.

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    1. Doesn't that make you guilty of bigotry, too?

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    2. I won't be patronizing it either, but I think the Chick-Fil-A will thrive in that location nonetheless.

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    3. Cool, me neither. But are you saying you'd prefer a blighted parcel that attracts vagrants, crime, and deteriorates the area further so that no company wants to come here? You'd like the Kmart to stay an empty dump? What are you doing to improve Annandale and make it more attractive for other businesses? At least CFA will have a positive impact on the area just by being there. The franchise owner is willing to take a risk on our crumbling Mason District when no one else will, battle the government hoops that need to be jumped through, and bring improved sidewalks, add trees, and bring some life to an otherwise dump of a parcel. I may not support CFA's political platform but I sure do support this local business owner in trying to better our area.

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  5. I heard they want to line the street frontage with confederate flags. Is that true?

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    1. I seriously doubt you heard that from anyone other than a rainbow-clad street preacher whose more bigoted than a thousand confederates.

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    2. Ahh yes, the people fighting for equality are the real bigots!! How dare they stop you from discriminating against them!!!

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  6. There is no reason to not support the new Chik-fil-a -- unless of course, YOU are a bigot.

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  7. The one down on Backlick is an absolute nightmare to get in and out of, this one will be too by the looks of things. You can plan for all the green modern transportation you want but the fact is the vast majority of customers will be coming by car.

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    1. Exactly! They say that "location, location, location" makes all the difference...well, people (like me) who don't want the hassle of such screwy traffic will gladly circumvent such knots entirely. So much for cashing in on drop-in customers who just happen to be passing by.

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  8. I'm concerned about the high volume of traffic this would bring into a very congested section of Little River Turnpike. That area is dangerous already. A high-traffic business in the middle of that block will be a disaster for westbound AND eastbound traffic as people try to turn coming out of it. Adding another turning lane to cross traffic will just exacerbate an already cluttered section of the road. If the back dumps onto the rear streets then it will be messing with traffic trying to go in and out of the Post Office. NOT a good site for this. And no, I won't be going there. Don't need more greasy junk food and don't need to support their politics.

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