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Planned Rincon Chick-fil-A clears hurdle

POSTED: February 13, 2014 8:39 p.m.

An approved development agreement may help start the work on a highly-anticipated venture in Rincon.

Rincon City Council members voted unanimously in favor of a development agreement with Chick-fil-A. The development agreement covers water, sewer and drainage for the proposed store and moves the project another step closer to getting under way, according to city officials.

“We’re really anxious about that and have been for quite some time,” Mayor Ken Lee said. “We’re really, really glad. A lot of people are anxious and excited.”

City attorney Raymond Dickey said the company has given its concurrence to the development agreement.

The development agreement gets the city and the company through most of the approval process, Lee said. He doesn’t have a date when the company will start work, though Monday’s agreement clears many of the objectives.

“I don’t have a timeline for them, but I think it probably won’t be long,” he said of an anticipated start date.

City council approved the preliminary site plans in August 2013. The company plans to build a restaurant next to the Verizon Wireless store on Highway 21. Initial plans call for the building to be 5,000 square feet with seats for 132 customers inside and another 35 outside. There also will be a double drive-through.

The first Chick-fil-A opened in 1967 in a suburban Atlanta mall but the first stand-alone restaurant wasn’t built until 1986. The company looks for high-traffic locations and now has more than 1,700 locations.

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