Prince Frederick, MD – For years, the storied franchise Chick Fil-A has avoided locating in Calvert County, reportedly due to a variety of zoning issues. However, the chicken may be crossing Route 2/4 in the near future. At the other side is Calvert County Planning Commission, the panel that will eventually decide the proposal’s fate.
Discussion of a proposal to build a Chick-Fil-A in Prince Frederick is on the planning commission’s agenda Wednesday evening, Sept. 21. The agenda item is billed as a concept review request.
Planning Commission Administrator Carolyn Sunderland stated in a memo that “Dan Kelsh with Collinson Oliff and Associates, Inc. (COA) submitted a request to bring the above referenced project to the Planning Commission’s regular meeting in September. The purpose of this request is to provide an introduction to the project and to hear what questions and/or concerns the Planning Commission may have regarding the proposal. No decisions/actions are being requested by Mr. Kelsh as part of this presentation.”
In his memo to the planning commission, Kelsh identified his client as CG Properties, LLC.
“The Chick-fil-a Restaurant is proposed on two adjacent parcels on the southbound lanes of Solomons Island Road (MD 2/4) just south of the entrance to the Market Square Shopping Center,” stated Kelsh in the memo. “The existing improvements on the two parcels will be removed, the grades adjusted and the restaurant, parking and accesses constructed. The neighboring properties are both commercial (restaurant and auto service). The existing MD 2/4 access will remain and a secondary access from Costley Way is proposed to remove some of the traffic to/from MD [Route] 2/4.”
Kelsh further noted that a traffic impact study has been proposed and submitted and is currently under review by the Calvert County Department of Public Works and the Maryland State Highway Administration.
“Let’s end the Calco Chik-fil-A prohibition,” reads a post on a Facebook page called “Calvert County needs a Chick-fil-A.” That was the last post on the site, written in 2015.
“Hopefully somebody will see this page and realize that it is their calling to feed Calvert County with the God given gift of Chick-fil-A,” read a post from 2013.
The project has a way to go but proponents in Calvert can almost smell the chicken.
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