A fast food chicken chain is preparing to roost in the Atlee Station section of Hanover County.
Chick-fil-A is planning to construct a nearly 5,000-square-foot restaurant on a 1.65-acre lot near the Chamberlayne Road and Times Dispatch Boulevard intersection.
The restaurant would rise next door to an existing Burger King and across Chamberlayne Road from the Pit Stop Exxon gas station, according to plans filed with the county’s planning division.
Members of the county’s Planning Commission recommended Chick-fil-A be granted a special use permit to operate a drive-thru at the restaurant during its March 21 meeting.
The site is currently zoned M-1(c) for limited industrial with conditions, which allow for some commercial uses such as fast food restaurants and gas stations. Drive-thrus for fast food eateries are a permitted use as long as a conditional use permit is secured.
Plans call for the new store to include a large double drive-thru that can accommodate up to 34 vehicles at a time, while not blocking parking spaces in a lot set to hold up to 60 vehicles. The restaurant will not be accessible from Chamberlayne Road, but via an access road that will be shared with Burger King. Traffic headed north on Times Dispatch Boulevard will be able to access the future Chick-fil-A.
The Hanover County Board of Supervisors is set to vote on Chick-fil-A’s conditional use permit at its April 24 meeting, along with a reduction of the buffer between the future restaurant and Chamberlayne Road from the required 25 feet to 18.4 feet.
A timeline for construction of the restaurant was not disclosed. Calls to Chick-fil-A were not returned this week.
The property is owned by Media General Inc., according to county property records. It most recently was assessed by the county for about $450,000.
Known for its chicken sandwiches, wraps, salads, nuggets and shakes, the Atlanta-based chain operates nearly two dozen restaurants across metro Richmond, and thousands more across the U.S.
If granted approval, the Atlee Station outpost would be Hanover County’s second Chick-fil-A restaurant.
The chain currently operates a restaurant in Mechanicsville’s Hanover Square shopping center at 7285 Battle Hill Drive near Interstate 295 and Mechanicsville Turnpike, and a nearby location in Ashland at 815 England St.