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Final plan for Rincon Chick-fil-A receives approval

POSTED: July 30, 2018 10:00 p.m.
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SPRINGFIELD — The Rincon City Council has given cows everywhere a reason to rejoice!

During its meeting Monday night, Chick-fil-A Inc. received unanimous preliminary and final site approval for a 4,854 square foot building in the 400 block of South Columbia Avenue.

“This has been long awaited and much anticipated,” Mayor Ken Lee said with a chuckle before the vote. “We have gotten more questions about that than we ever have any taxes or fees we have ever imposed.”

Chick-fil-A civil engineer Todd Rogers briefly discussed the plan before the vote and the need for an access easement on Brentwood Drive. The street’s path was altered slightly during the construct of the nearby Kroger Marketplace.

“The site plan that we are asking for approval of tonight is basically the same layout as before,” he said. “It’s just that Kroger came in and Brentwood moved around a little bit, so we massaged the parking lot, updated the building to the newest building and that type of thing.”

The restaurant will feature 82 parking spaces and a two-lane drive-through. Typical Chick-fil-A outlets feature about 65 spaces, Rogers said.

“Ideally, (customers will enter) in the back, in front of Lowe’s, between Chick-fil-A and Lowe’s because that’s where the drive-through entrance is.
“The side entrance is a right-in and a right-out so you can’t pull in there. ... We didn’t want traffic backing up into (Hwy 21)/”

Rogers said construction on the building will start in September or October. The project will go out to bid this week, he added.

Construction typically takes five months to complete, Rogers said.

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