Conway’s third Chick-fil-A franchise is currently in the preliminary development review process.
Once approved, a 4,876 square foot Chick-fil-A will break ground at 2510 Prince St. in front of the Walmart Neighborhood Market.
The restaurant will seat 132 customers and provide patio seating for 39 on the front, west side. The parking lot will provide 66 parking spaces.
Chick-fil-A has agreed to plant seven trees along Prince Street and 10 trees along Farris Road. In June of 2012, the Conway City Council approved a planned unit development (PUD) for a Walmart Neighborhood Market.
With this vote, they also zoned an outparcel of land as commercial-2 for a Chick-fil-A.
In commercial development there are four review and approval processes: Land Use, Subdivision and Platting, Site Plans and Building Permits.
“Chick-fil-A still needs to do three of them,” Wes Craiglow, deputy director of development, said.
With the original city council vote, the land was permitted for use as a restaurant, but the drive-thru has not been approved.
The PUD must be amended to permit a drive-thru.
The proposed drive thru will run in front of the restaurant along Prince Street. Traffic will enter a driveway from Prince Street and exit on Farris Road, leading to the roundabout.
If city council changes their mind and decides they don’t want a drive-thru there it could kill the project, Craiglow said, but we don’t expect that to happen.
The owner or project developer is listed as Justin Bloecher, construction manager of Chick-fil-A, Inc. Greyden Engineering is the civil engineering company designing the site plan.
The site plan review process goes through five departments: street, fire, sanitation and Conway Corp. “We’re going to put red ink all over it, telling them everything that’s wrong with their original submission,” Craiglow said.
Chick-fil-A will then go back with their architects and engineers to redraw the site plan to get it up to Planning and Development standards. At that point, they can resubmit it for a final review.
“Generally speaking, as long as they attend to all of our red ink, they’ll be approved,” Craiglow said.
Then the site plans will be reviewed by the chief inspector, fire marshal and Conway Corp for a building permit.
Once a building permit is obtained, Chick-fil-A is expected to break ground on the new location.
The Faulkner County Property Assessors Office is not yet showing a sell between Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust.
The last sell to take place was August 29, 2012 when the Clara Baker Revocable Trust sold the 1.6 acres of land to Wal-Mart for $1.4 million.
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