Plan for Gaines Township Chick-fil-A clears hurdle

A real estate sign is posted on the parcel developers hope to transform into a Chick-fil-A. (Feb. 25, 2016)

GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – A plan that would bring Chick-fil-A to West Michigan is one step closer to reality.

The exterior of a Chick-fil-A restaurant. (July 1, 2015/AP Photo)
The exterior of a Chick-fil-A restaurant. (July 1, 2015/AP Photo)

Thursday night, the Gaines Township Planning Commission unanimously approved a resolution recommending the project be approved.

Developers want to build the fast food restaurant at 1545 Edgeknoll Drive, southwest of M-6 and Kalamazoo Avenue. A Bob Evans restaurant is already located near the site. 

The plan raised traffic concerns among some residents who attended the first public meeting about the project last month. The township’s assistant planner said traffic studies indicated the restaurant will bring about 50 extra trips to the Kalamazoo Avenue and M-6 area around lunch time. However, he doesn’t believe the additional traffic will impact the neighborhood.

The Chick-fil-A proposal now moves to the full township board for consideration. The board plans to hold another public hearing on the project during their May 9 meeting.

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