|These buildings in central Annandale will be replaced by a Chick-Fil-A.|
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors easily approved a zoning special exception Jan. 14 to allow construction of a Chick-fil-A drive-through restaurant on Little River Turnpike in central Annandale.
No one spoke during the public hearing on the proposal, and none of the supervisors raised any objections.
The Planning Commission endorsed the project Jan. 8. During that meeting, Commissioner James Hart (at-large) questioned why an automobile-oriented fast-food restaurant should be allowed when the Annandale Comprehensive Plan calls for pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development.
On the other hand, he noted, a Chick-fil-A would be an improvement over what is currently on that property – dilapidated buildings that used to house antique dealers.
“This is an opportunity for investment in Annandale,” Mason Supervisor Penny Gross said during the Board of Supervisors meeting.
The 1.12-acre site is “still too small for significant redevelopment,” she said, and there is little chance that adjacent properties can be consolidated. The site is surrounded by a Speedway gas station, a U.S. Post Office and Giant supermarket, and “they are not going away.”