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What’s Going On with the Old KFC?

A Chick-fil-A is still set to fill the space, but it is still in the earlier planning stages.

For those wondering what is going on with the old KFC on Ritchie Highway, a Chick-fil-A is set to fill the vacant building, but it is still in the preliminary stages.

Rosanne Zimmerman, with Anne Arundel County Planning and Zoning said that Chick-fil-A representatives are working to address concerns with Leelyn Drive.

“It is just part of the process of what they have to go through,” Zimmerman said. “I believe it was mainly with the needed improvements to the road and that was what the hold up was.”

Zimmerman said that in order for a Chick-fil-A to occupy the building, Leelyn Drive needs to be a certain width.  The street currently does not meet the requirement. Chick-fil-A must make improvements to the road or apply for modification or dedicate part of the property to the county.

Zimmerman said she isn’t sure which option Chick-fil-A will pursue.

Mark Mueller, a leasing agent with Baltimore-based Sierra Mid-Atlantic, said that its part in the process is done and that it is waiting for the completion of the site planning approval process.

“It has been taking a while and I am curious myself as to when it will be finished,” Mueller said. “But as of now it is 100 percent out of our hands.”

Dan Beverungem, also with Anne Arundel County Planning and Zoning, said it can be common for the process to take a while.

“The plan was originally submitted in January,” he said. “The timing for a development process can run long if they have a tough time addressing all of the requirements.”

Some Severna Park Patch readers have noticed the amount of time the building has been vacant. “Mike” commented on an old article recently saying the building has become an eyesore.

Are you anxious for the new Chick-fil-A? What are your thoughts on how long the process is taking?

Kaitlyn Carr October 11, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Hi Dawn, Zimmerman said that Chick-fil-A is responsible for the road because they are a new business coming into the area. She said if another business left, and a new one came in—they too would be responsible for Leelyn Drive. Please let me know if you have any more questions. I am continuing to look into this and get more information. Thanks!
Dawn October 11, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Thanks for answering my question. That is interesting but it doesn't seem fair somehow. I wonder if Starbucks had to do anything since they are on Leelyn too.
Cynthia Dove October 11, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Thank you for the old KFC info update. I am wondering exactly why and how a private business would have anything to do with modifying a county owned roadway.... Also wondering where this "widening" will occur and how will it impact the residential properties on Leelyn, as well as the current road profile. Another concern along Leelyn is a safety issue-- the huge drainage ditches paralleling the road need to have a guardrail ALL the way along the road to prevent cars, bikes & joggers from accidentally falling in the deep chasm that is now open along central Leelyn Dr.
ER October 11, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Dont think Starbucks has much to worry with. Being fair Chic-fil- A restaurant has a larger area needed for their drive through system. The lot size usually is backed up with vehicles around the building. Adequate parking is a must; designing access ramps for handicap and little impedance for access to the entrances I think it’s a vital process to survey the lot and the egress that traffic will encounter Could you imagine the back up of cars onto the street or blocking the entrance onto Ritchie hwy during a lunch run? Could get ugly if not thought out.
ER October 12, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Yeah so true Betsy, just hope traffic doesnt impede me too much from getting to Goskas, lol.

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