Chick-fil-A set to close for project

JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Posted 2/10/16

Those who crave the classic sandwiches and waffle fries of Chick-fil-A will have to drive a little farther this spring as the Keith Street location temporarily closes for renovation.

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Chick-fil-A set to close for project

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Those who crave the classic sandwiches and waffle fries of Chick-fil-A will have to drive a little farther this spring as the Keith Street location temporarily closes for renovation.

Project manager Bob Howell said the renovation would require the restaurant to close for four to five weeks in May or June.

Local owner Karen Colley, Howell and other Chick-fil-A representatives received approval from the Cleveland Board of Zoning Appeals for an impervious area variance, which makes the project possible, during a meeting Tuesday.

“We are going to do several things here. The project here will be enhancing all of the public areas of the building, the interior, the exterior will be refreshed,” Howell said.

The renovation will use the Heritage design, which Chick-fil-A is using on each of its new stores.

The restaurant also wants to add another lane to the drive-through area, but this would mean more asphalt, putting the site further out of compliance with city zoning requirements. The approval of the variance allows the site to have more impervious area than is usually allowed on a lot this size.

According to Development and Engineering Planning reports, “There is currently an area of parking where the proposed lane would be located that cannot presently be utilized because of the volume of cars extending from the drive through line to back beyond the parking area.

“These improvements would make the site more functional and better utilize the limited space. The site improvements would require an increase in the impervious area of 2,464 square feet. The zoning ordinance requires a maximum impervious area of 75 percent however this site currently has 80.7 percent impervious area. 
The proposed improvements would increase the area by 6.3 percent and bring the total impervious area to 87 percent,” the report read.

“It will enhance the guest experience, and that’s what’s exciting to me,” Colley said.

Minor changes were made to the building about seven years ago, but this will be the first major redesign for the store.

A setback variance for the rear and sides of a property at 11th and Church streets was also approved. The request was made by Dee Burris for a house to be built on the site.

“The proposed structure is minimal in size, and consistent with others found in the area. The existing lot is exceptionally small and appears to have been platted in the late 1950s. Additionally, the proposed building would have a larger front setback than the building, which was recently removed,” according to staff.

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