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May 19, 2017

Town planners support permit for Popeyes

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Construction of the 2,397-square-foot restaurant at 286 Broadview Ave. would start redevelopment of the Warrenton Plaza shopping center.
The package they submitted . . . the design, I felt was appropriate. It’s going to be a far better appearance than what’s there now.
— John Kip, planning commission member
• What: Proposed fast food restaurant with drive-thru.

• Where: 286 Broadview Ave., Warrenton.

• Building: One story, 2,397 square feet.

• Parking spaces: 23 .

• Site: 0.745-acre with commercial zoning. Would displace used car dealership, vehicle repair shop, barbershop and flooring warehouse.

• Property owner: NACR LLC of Warrenton.

• Applicant: David Hall, DRH Engineers.

• Franchise owner: Janjer Enterprises Inc. of Silver Spring, Md.

• Tuesday’s vote: Town planning commission, 4-2, in favor of recommending special use permit for drive-thru.

• Next: Application will go to the town council for public hearing in June.
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A proposed Popeyes fast food restaurant in Warrenton this week moved closer to approval.

Warrenton’s planning commission voted, 4-2, Tuesday night to recommend the town council grant the restaurant a special use permit for a drive-thru lane.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, famous for its fried chicken, wants to build a 2,397-square-foot restaurant at 286 Broadview Ave., near the former Warrenton Lanes bowling alley.

Town Planning Commissioners Ali Zarabi and Christine Dingus voted against the special use permit.

With the drive-thru “you are overcrowding this property and adding traffic congestion,” Ms. Dingus said in an interview Thursday. “I was worried about parking in the back, because at night it’s going to be isolated area that can’t be seen from the street. It concerned me that people would be hanging out back there.”

Jeremy Downs missed Tuesday’s meeting.

“I didn’t see any reason not to” recommend approval, Vice Chairman John Kip said in an interview Thursday. “It’s kind of an eyesore property right now, and the package they submitted . . . the design, I felt was appropriate. It’s going to be a far better appearance than what’s there now.”

The planning commission recommended approval with these conditions:

• Trash pickup no earlier than 7 a.m.

• No vehicle stacking to the sidewalk area or onto Broadview Avenue.

• Install a no left-turn sign at the exit onto Broadview Avenue.

• Make the “monument” sign 6 feet instead of 8.

NACR LLC last May purchased the Warrenton Plaza shopping center, which includes the three-quarter-ace site, for $2.74 million.

Janjer Enterprises Inc. of Silver Spring, Md., would own the Popeyes franchise.

With one proposed drive-thru lane and 23 parking spaces behind the building, the new restaurant would have an expanded entrance/exit on Broadview Avenue. Zoned commercial, the property requires a special use permit for the drive-thru window.

The one-story building would have a modern design with synthetic stone veneer, metal canopies and vinyl shutters with gold, red and green paint, according to the permit application filed March 16 in Town Hall.

Planning commission members recommended the applicant use muted colors with a brick exterior instead of the proposed synthetic stone veneer, Chairwoman Susan Helander said.

Construction also would include installation of a retaining wall with a 6-foot-tall privacy fence at the rear of the building to shield it from the residential area across the street.

“Broadview is Broadview, and while another fast food restaurant is an option for that space, I hope the owners will respect the neighborhood and be good neighbors,” Ms. Helander said in an interview Thursday.

The building would displace a used car dealership, a vehicle repair shop, a flooring businesses and a barbershop.

The restaurant would operate from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and from 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

Bealeton has the closest Popeyes, sharing a building at Routes 17 and 28 with Papa John’s Pizza.

The application will go to the town council for a public hearing in June before members decide whether to grant the special use permit.

Town Planning Commission May 2017 Packet by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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BJ · May 22, 2017 at 5:17 am
With the exception of Paul Henry's, that whole shopping center has been in need of a facelift for years. Glad they stipulated no left turn out of there because traffic is an issue on Broadview. I think hanging out where not wanted is already on the books as Loitering. Best of luck to the new business!
Rover 530 · May 20, 2017 at 10:03 pm
I have no idea what the previous commenter is talking about. This is about approving a business that will contribute to the revenue of Fauquier Co. and Warrenton and will provide an alterative source of casual fast food for our citizens. This is a no-brainer.
TodNehman · May 19, 2017 at 5:38 pm
Ms. Dingus said “I was worried about parking in the back, because at night it’s going to be isolated area that can’t be seen from the street. It concerned me that people would be hanging out back there.” Yes ever since the Anti-Hanging out Act of 2015, No person or persons shall stop in one place to speak to other persons either in person or via electronic device. wink She how stupid it sounds?

It will be up to the person in charge of the PRIVATE property to decide if the customers staying on the lot are a problem and if so they can call 911 to ahve the police advise them to move along. We DO NOT need a Nanny Town body misusing its authority to prevent things that are not illegal. I would argue plenty of people "hang out" downtown now with Mollys and the new brewery. unreal!
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