City Council Approves Plans for Chick-fil-A Restaurant in Maple Grove: No. 5 Post of 2012

One of the most read posts of the 2012 included an approval of a PUD development stage plan by the Maple Grove City Council for Chick-fil-A restaurant.

Maple Grove Patch covered a lot of different stories, topics and events throughout 2012, but there were a few that stood out as the most read by Patch users.

We’ll be sharing the top 20 posts of the year from Maple Grove Patch in days following up to the end of 2012. Share your thoughts about the stories in comments below.

The following is the No. 5 post of 2012.

Updated July 18, 2012

In a unanimous vote, the Maple Grove City Council approved the Chick-fil-A PUD Development Stage Plan at its regular meeting Monday, July 16. 

According to a Chick-fil-A representative at the meeting, the restaurant is slated to open in early 2013 with construction starting in the spring. The 4,686 square-foot restaurant at the Fountains at Arbor Lakes is proposed to have inside and outside seating, a play area as well as small patio. 

The Maple Grove location is expected to be the first stand alone Chick-fil-A restaurant in Minnesota, according to the representative. A second location is planned for Coon Rapids. 

Read the original article about the planning commission recommendation for Chick-fil-A below. 

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Original article June 2012

A request by Chick-fil-A for approval of a PUD development stage plan received unanimous support from the Maple Grove Planning Commission at its meeting Monday, June 25, 2012.

Representatives Chick-fil-A requested the PUD for “the purpose of constructing” a 4,686 square-foot restaurant in the Fountains at Arbor Lakes, according to documents presented at the planning commission meeting. The site, located adjacent to the TGI Friday’s along Elm Creek Boulevard, is currently already designated for restaurant use.

The proposed project by Chick-fil-A would consist of the construction of a free standing Chick-fil-A restaurant and drive thru on the two-acre property at the 11820 Fountains Way North location. According to documents presented to the planning commission, the proposed restaurant would sit on the western portion of the site. The drive thru area would have “a significant amount of landscaping” to assist with screening headlight “wash” from Elm Creek Boulevard. There are also 105 parking spaces proposed onsite.

Chick-fil-A representative Jason Hill told planning commission members the company was “excited about being part of your community” and anticipated a spring 2013 construction with an opening in the late summer/early fall of 2013.

The commissioners, with John McLaughlin absent, voted 4-0 to recommend the PUD development stage plan.

Following the recommendation of the Maple Grove Planning Commission June 25, the Maple Grove City Council will likely hear the request approval of the PUD development stage plan at their July 16 regular meeting.

If approved by the city council, the Maple Grove Chick-fil-A location would be the second in Minnesota. According to the Chick-fil-A website, there is currently a location in Minneapolis.

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