MACEDONIA — With site plans for two food businesses — KFC and Dunkin Donuts — having been approved earlier this year, the city’s planning commission is studying one for a Culver’s restaurant at the Crossings at Golden Link.
In April, the city’s planning commission initially discussed a proposal for a 3,800-square-foot Culver’s building on the west side of Route 8 between Chipotle and the Great Escape.
A preliminary site plan and signage were tabled, and could be discussed again at the panel’s May 22 meeting.
Culver’s is a Wisconsin-based chain with about 650 locations in 24 states specializing in ButterBurgers® and frozen custard. The first Culver’s opened in 1984 in Sauk City, Wis.
The proposed Culver’s site would be adjacent to a new access driveway off Route 8 into the Crossings, which the city hopes to complete in the next several months. The access driveway would be right-turn in and right-turn out only.
City planner Brian Frantz explained some of the outstanding issues with the site plan are traffic flow around the building, the number of parking spaces provided and landscaping.
He said a variance for parking spaces likely is necessary from the board of zoning appeals, some variances might be needed from the Joint Economic Development District board and an agreement for shared parking with an adjacent business is required.
Frantz suggested the proposed two-way egress / ingress be made one way, but Culver’s spokesman Derek Sesi said management prefers two-way traffic. Frantz then suggested one-way traffic on the north side of the building, and Sesi said that might be acceptable.
City Engineer Joe Gigliotti added other issues which must be worked out is an encroachment into the 25-foot rear landscaping buffer, and the closeness of the pavement (5 feet) from the common property line along Route 8.
The panel advised the Culver’s representatives to return with necessary documentation and some possible revisions to the plan.
"There are a lot of site issues, and this definitely needs more discussion and some tweaks in the signage plan," said Frantz.
Also in April, the planning panel paved the way for the addition of a patio at Tacos Mexicanos, while site plan improvements and modernization at McDonald’s on Macedonia Commons Boulevard were tabled at the request of the business.
Tacos Mexicanos is at 223 Highland Road. Mayor Joseph Migliorini explained initial plans were to add the patio on the east side of the building, but now it will be situated on the west side.
The mayor called the business "a great tenant of the city," and said it has been very cooperative with city staffers in planning for the new patio. "These plans will provide a very attractive outdoor seating area," he added.
The panel’s approval is subject to eliminating a middle driveway on the property and some parking spaces adjacent to the patio, plus getting a riparian setback variance from the board of zoning appeals.
Restaurant owner Joaquin Olan Montiel said he would like to have the patio completed for this year’s summer season.
Meanwhile, at the April 19 meeting and an earlier one, the planning panel OK’d signage for Rothenbuhler Cheesemakers Arena on Highland Pointe Parkway, Forterra on Empire Parkway, Massage Envy and Giant Eagle Curbside Express on East Aurora Road, Barks and Recreation on Freeway Drive and Key Inn on East Highland Road.
Renovations and architectural changes at St. Gregorio’s Church on East Aurora Road were approved, as was a 2,000-square-foot accessory building for Dave Vana at 8890 N. Bedford Road.
Frantz called the revised plans for St. Gregorio’s Church "far superior to the initial plans."
Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400 Ext. 4189 or email@example.com
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