West End Chick-fil-A Up to its Nuggets in Neighborhood Resistance?




In his ongoing coverage of the, er, flap over that Chick-fil-A proposed for West End near St. Thomas, the City Paper's Joey Garrison reports the hotly anticipated (or dreaded?) drive-thru poultry palace is facing something stickier than Polynesian dipping sauce:

A pair of unscientific polls taken by surrounding neighborhood groups shows the majority of residents nearby the site who took part in the survey disapprove of Chick-fil-A’s current proposal of a drive-thru restaurant concept.

Chick-fil-A’s original plan called for the demolition of a former Regions bank building to make way for a new street-level structure that would include 28 outdoors seats, two drive-thru windows, parking placed in the rear and accommodations for walk-ups. It would not feature any indoor seating. ...

Representatives of Chick-fil-A had sought a zoning variance from the area’s urban design overlay, which has expressed language that prohibits drive-thrus on corner lots. But it’s the idea of a drive-thru in the area that has generated most of the criticism from neighbors.

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