Avon Planning Commission discusses new Chester Road shopping complex – Morning Journal
The town of Avon could welcome two new restaurants with a new Chester Road shopping complex in the works.
On September 15, the Avon Planning Commission discussed which Avon Plaza, if approved, would host Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steak Burgers, and Charley’s Philly Steaks on a three-acre parcel just east of Walmart and north of Wickens, Herzer, Panza law firms.
Lynn Miggins, president of KS Associates, said the first phase of the plan would include two detached buildings of 4,200 and 2,200 square feet to house the two restaurants and a third tenant yet to be determined.
City officials and developers continue to resolve issues over access to the driveway on Chester Road, with Avon preferring to move it further east to alleviate safety and traffic concerns.
“This is one of the other aspects of the sitemap that we told the Applicant about is that their main driveway has a parking lot that is outside of that main driveway,” Ryan Cummins said. , engineer from the city of Avon. “And so, you would have a lot of possibilities of conflict with the traffic movements there.
“As for the drive itself, I think the site can support both entry and exit. It just might be in a better location.
Miggins said that while relocation of the driveway is possible, access to Chester Road is essential for the project to move forward.
“It is not impossible to move it further east,” she said. “What I would say is that we’ve been through many months and many iterations on this sitemap.
“We looked at how to move traffic to this site and not create a queue or backup on Chester Road. I think that’s what everyone hopes and strives for with a sitemap.
Without access to Chester Road, Miggins stressed that the project would not go ahead.
“We need to have access to Chester Road. It was part of the deal when the property was bought from the lawyers, so it’s not something we could give up. The project just wouldn’t go ahead without this access, ”she said.
It is possible to relocate the driveway, but Miggins said it was questionable if that would improve safety.
Mayor Bryan Jensen said there were already significant traffic problems in the area.
With Bendix opening soon, with 500 to 600 employees, traffic will continue to grow, Jensen said.
He said he wanted the plaintiffs to explore an easement from neighboring landowners for access to the driveway.
Economic Development Director Pam Fechter and Miggins have both said the Jacobs Group, which owns the property where Cabela’s is located at 35685 Chester Road, are unwilling to hold these discussions.
Miggins said the topic was not a starting topic for The Jacobs Group, adding: “There is no appetite for sharing.”
Mickey Mann, managing partner of Avon Plaza, said the company has reached a deal for an easement but will continue to run up against a brick wall to find a resolution to address the traffic issues.
“We knew going into this project that the traffic was going to be a challenge,” Mann said. “We knew that by entering we had not created the problem in this hallway.
“But we knew our job would be to minimize our impact.”
In a Perfect World, Mann said there would be a traffic light to help alleviate the problem.
“But, unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in,” Mann said.
The Planning Commission has delayed voting on the issue as parties continue to work to find a solution.
A separate Avon Plaza application for a special use permit allowing a 2,700 square foot outdoor patio has been filed.