Chick-Fil-A is back with revised plans for a restaurant in North Buffalo’s Delaware Consumer Square. The chain’s previous plans for the site earlier this year were tabled over layout, car queuing length, and design issues.
The applicant is proposing to redevelop the site and construct a new ±5,400 SF quick-serve restaurant with a drive thru and outdoor patio dining. It would be built on a 1.8-acre portion of the plaza now occupied by a 9,600 sq.ft. out-building that would be demolished. Of the three existing tenants, Rainbow Apparel’s lease expired, Moe’s Southwest Grill will relocate within the plaza, and Gamestop is relocating to Delaware Avenue north of Hinman Avenue.
From the project application:
The applicant is proposing to redevelop the site and construct a new ±5,400 SF quick-serve restaurant with a drive thru and outdoor patio dining. The site lies within the “D-S Strip retail” zoning district where restaurant with drive thru use is allowed, and outdoor ding is an allowed accessory use, both subject to Site Plan Review by the City Planning Board. Carports (Drive Thru Canopies) are also permitted accessory structures subject to Site Plan Review. No area variances are anticipated to be required for this project per the attached City of Buffalo GC Permit Application received from the City. The subject site is surrounded by other commercial uses and the proposed use is in harmony with the neighborhood. In addition to the restaurant, new parking, lighting, curbing, utilities, and other appurtenances are proposed as depicted on the accompanying Site Development Plans prepared by Bohler Engineering, dated June 30, 2021.
The restaurant has been shifted to front Hinman Avenue, seating and bike parking have been added, and the façade has windows along its full length. The layout of the drive through, site plan, and the double stacking drive through lanes are designed to alleviate the traffic issues faced at other locations.
Plans will be reviewed by the Planning Board on Monday.