I got this straight from the engineering company drawing up the plans for the Forest Hill Chick-fil-A: The Atlanta-based corporation wants to build a Chick-fil-A restaurant in the northwest corner of the Rock Spring Road and Osborne Parkway intersection — in front of the new Forest Hill Kohl’s department store. If all goes according to plan, the restaurant would open about a year from now in February or March 2012. The process is getting started with a community input meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 in the cafeteria of the Forest Lakes Elementary School, 100 Osborne Parkway, just behind the proposed site.
Joe Ucciferro of Bohler Engineering is the Forest Hill resident who handles Chick-fil-A’s development planning in Maryland. He told me Chick-fil-A liked the site near the new Kohl’s better than other sites they considered, including the location of the former Roy Rogers Restaurant in the Rock Spring Shopping Center, which has been vacant for some time. As planning begins for this Forest Hill Chick-fil-A, Ucciferro said the company is also looking into building a Chick-fil-A on Bel Air Road/Route 1 in Fallston, across from the new Fallston Walmart (the Walmart is scheduled to open March 16). He said Chick-fil-A is still doing its due diligence and looking at environmental issues at that site, which is next to a Midas store at 1908 U.S. 1. If they go ahead with their plans at that site, it will be built after the Forest Hill location goes up.
The Forest Hill Chick-fil-A would be built on a 1.36 acre parcel of the parking lot in front of the Kohl’s department store in the corner opposite the Freedom Federal Credit Union. Ucciferro said construction of this store would not alter the two existing entrances to the lot on Rock Spring Road and on Osborne Parkway. The 4,841 square foot restaurant would include two drive-thru ordering stations and feature 135 seats along with the children’s play area, like the one at Chick-fil-A’s Abingdon location. Ucciferro said this restaurant will have more parking spaces and better drive thru circulation than the Abingdon restaurant.
About two weeks after the March 2 community input meeting, which he says is to be attended by Scott Thigpen, Chick-fil-A’s corporate development manager from Atlanta, Chick-fil-A would then submit plans for the new restaurant to the Harford County Development Advisory Committee. Additional plans for sediment control and water and sewer issues would be submitted in June and Ucciferro said the plan is to have permits from the county in September. Under this plan, construction would start in September or October of this year and take about 16 weeks. A grand opening would then be held next February or March.
“The site is developed with a Kohl’s and a bank and that corner of the site was always planned to be developed,” Ucciferro said. “What better community-friendly use could you put there but a Chick-fil-A? It’s family-friendly and interested in the community.”
Ucciferro said the restaurant offers weekly events including father-daughter dinners and events to support soccer teams and youth groups.
(Thank you, Cindy, for bringing me the legal notice on the community input meeting!)