Planning Commission Yet to Act on Site Plan for Proposed KFC/Taco Bell

September 7, 2011
Dwayne Page

Although plans are in the making for the return to Smithville of KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) and Taco Bell , a combo restaurant, the Smithville Planning Commission has not yet acted upon a site plan for the project.

Wallace Caldwell, Chairman of the Planning Commission told WJLE that during the regular monthly meeting last week, the issue was on the agenda but since the site plan was not ready to be submitted for consideration, action was tabled until the next meeting.

"It was on the agenda but we just tabled it until the next time we meet (October) or if they have a special called session on it, said Caldwell.

"Right now the plans have not been submitted to the Smithville Planning Commission for approval for them to start any construction at the present time. There are a few preliminary things that they have to work out with the surveyors so we (planning commission) are at the place right now where they (KFC) are wanting to come here but we don't yet have the plans to look over to okay for them to go ahead and start their construction," said Caldwell

"With a site plan what we have to look for is to make sure they (KFC) have the adequate space for parking spaces required per square footage of the building, etc. We have to make sure there is adequate parking and that they have proper access to the highway, utilities, etc," said Caldwell

The proposed property for the business is located at East Broad Street and Oak Street near the former Estes Furniture Company and car wash locations. No land transaction on the property has yet been recorded at the Register of Deeds Office.

According to the deed restrictions on the site, currently owned by Tyree & Taylor Properties, LLC, "The property will not be used for restaurant or food service purposes for a period of 20 years from the date of December 26th, 1991, the effective date of the restrictive covenant granted to McDonald's Corporation by the Grantor. The term "food service purposes" means any retail business that provides a place where meals can be bought and eaten such as a McDonald's Restaurant." That restriction expires December 26, 2011.

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