Fairfield is considering a plan that would see a new Chick-fil-A constructed off South Gilmore Road in front of Meijer. FILE
Photo: Mark Fisher/Staff
Photo: Mark Fisher/Staff

Chick-fil-A closer to opening first Fairfield location

Fairfield Planning Commission and City Council held a joint hearing on the revised concept plan and final development plan for a 4,800-square-foot Chick-fil-A that would sit on 1.5-acre lot in front of Meijer off South Gilmore Road at Casual and Kolb drives.

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The development will be part of a larger proposed retail center. Allan Wiley, an engineer with Akron-based GBC Design, spoke on behalf of Chick-fil-A and said restaurant officials have been “looking at this property for a little while now.”

“Planning staff has been willing to work with them on the layout, and a little bit of back and forth with some comments regarding the building,” he said. “They think they have a layout that will do very well here, and they’re very excited about coming.”

“I think the feeling is mutual,” Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller responded. “We’ve been hearing about Chick-fil-A for a long time … we’re glad that they’re coming so hopefully everybody can work together and get this done in a hurry.”

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The land is a part of the Meijer-Gilmore Planned Unit Development.

Meijer was built on 30 acres in 1995 and left the 2.5 acres parcel as dedicated green space. It would help to screen the large building “and sea of parking” as the area was viewed as a gateway into the city, said Erin Donovan-Lynn, Fairfield planning manager.

“At the time of the original (planned unit development) there was no development, but over time over the past 20, 25 years you saw the corridor develop for commercial uses,” she said. “As the corridor changed, Meijer started marketing this permanent open space for development.”

There was a proposed development called The Shoppes of Fairfield for this site in 2013, but Donovan-Lynn said that fell through.

Fairfield City Council is expected to vote on the matter at the end of October.

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