|The proposed layout for a Chick-fil-A restaurant on the site of a former antique center on Little River Turnpike. The Speedway gas station is on the right.|
That’s the same problem members of the MDLUC expressed at their meeting in September. At both meetings, they complained that connecting those two parcels would create backups on John Marr Drive and that Speedway customers are likely to block that access point.
At the previous meeting, Chick-fil-A’s land use attorney, Sheri Akin of McGuire Woods, agreed to re-evaluate the proposal and come up with an alternative plan for access. But at the latest meeting, Akin said county planning and zoning staff want to retain the interparcel connector.
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The Planning Commission has scheduled a hearing on Dec. 11 on Chick-fil-A’s application for a zoning special exception. The Board of Supervisors’ hearing is set for Jan. 14. If things go smoothly, Akin said the restaurant could be completed and ready to open in mid-2021.
Chick-fil-A did make some other changes in response to concerns from county staff: The drive-through lanes were moved to the back of the property. The restaurant’s orientation is now facing Little River Turnpike. And the company agreed to put a median strip on Little River to prevent left turns out of the property.
The 4,300-square-foot restaurant would have seating for about 54 people inside and 24 on an outdoor patio. There would be two drive-through ordering stations in a separate building in the rear. Meals ordered at a drive-through window would be prepared indoors and delivered via conveyor belt to a kiosk for pick up.
The Chick-fil-A would be open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and would be closed on Sundays.