KFC Update: Chick-fil-A Expanding Leelyn Drive
The fast food chain replacing KFC will be responsible for making improvements to Leelyn Drive.
Area residents looking forward to Chick-fil-A in Severna Park will have to wait until the company can expand Leelyn Drive.
Chick-fil-A has signed the lease to take over the old KFC on Ritchie Highway and now has to improve the condition of Leelyn Drive.
“There are road improvements that need to be done on the Chick-fil-A side of Leelyn Drive,” said Tracie Reynolds a spokesperson for Anne Arundel Planning and Zoning. “They need to make Leelyn Drive wider to help with traffic.”
Chick-fil-A also will reconstruct the two entrances into the former KFC parking lot, Reynolds said.
“They have applied for grading permits so once that is approved they will get started,” Reynolds said.
A grading permit must be approved anytime a company plans to “disturb the earth,” which Chick-fil-A will do when they reconstruct the curb and sidewalk. Reynolds said she thought Chick-fil-A will be tearing down the existing structure and rebuilding—but couldn’t guarantee that.
The Chick-fil-A will open once all of the road improvements are completed.
“After the grading permit is approved it is up to Chick-fil-A and the construction company they hire as to when it will open,” Reynolds said.
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