The North Cornwall Township Planning Commission discussed the proposed Chick-fil-A at 1147 Quentin Road at Wednesday’s meeting.
The approximately 6,000-square-foot planned restaurant would include 55 parking spots and two drive-thru lanes. The former Golden Corral building and parking lot would be fully demolished, and a retention basin installed underneath the new parking lot.
The commission unanimously agreed to recommend waiving the requirement for a sidewalk (or a sidewalk deferment) along Quentin Road. This was the only action taken regarding the development.
While a sidewalk deferment was originally recommended as the adjacent properties also do not have sidewalks, Chick-fil-A representatives argued that the steepness of the property edge would prevent ADA-accessible sidewalks even in the event adjacent properties constructed sidewalks.
While two other waivers were under consideration, the Planning Commission said they will wait to act on these until an updated traffic study is supplied. At that time, they plan to determine whether the access road needs a turning lane.
No new access points are being proposed for the site, which is accessible only through the Lebanon Plaza.
This is planned to be the first Chick-fil-A in Lebanon County. It would also be relatively large compared to other locations, with much of that space going toward a larger and more efficient kitchen.
Representatives said the drive-thru lanes could accommodate between 51 and 52 cars. Each lane would be 10 feet, with three feet in between. Instead of a drive-thru window, the plans include a door for Chick-fil-A staff to walk out with orders.
The drive-thru lanes would wrap around the perimeter of the site, eliminating cross-traffic between those getting takeout and those parking to eat inside.
Ultimately, the plan will need approval from the North Cornwall Board of Supervisors. Prior to that, it will come before the Planning Commission again for a final recommendation.
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