DeKALB – A push car sandwich shop is proposed for the DeKalb’s Fourth Street building that was used by Kentucky Fried Chicken on the South Side over a decade ago.
The DeKalb City Planning and Zoning Commission will hear a division request for a new restaurant called Anna Sandwich Shoppe planned in the former Kentucky building on S. 4th St in DeKalb, according to documents released this week.
The petitioner, Proper Hospitality Group, LLC who will be represented by Peter Panagakis at the meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the DeKalb Public Library, is asking the City of DeKalb to approve a private use permit for a drive-through restaurant.
KFC, the national Kentucky Fried Chicken chain, closed at 922 S. Fourth Street in 2009, according to city documents.
Under the proposed plan, the 2,100-square-foot sandwich shop will have 40 seats with limited car space consisting of a mobile order pick-up window. Customers will also be provided with outdoor seating.
Due to the sites’ proximity to residences to the east and south, city employees recommend opening hours for the restaurant to be between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., according to the documents. The hours recommended by the petitioner fall within that window, with store opening hours scheduled from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The restaurant will be closed on Sundays and holidays.
According to site plans outlined in the development proposal published by the City of DeKalb this week, the exterior of the building will include a wood-grain panel for the wall at the top of the building, brick sides and a cooling compartment.
The documents show that city employees are recommending approval of the proposal. The permit must be approved by DeKalb City Council prior to operation.
The DeKalb Planning and Zoning Committee will hear a zoning request for a new restaurant called Anna’s Sandwich Shoppe planned for the former KFC building on S. 4th St. The full meeting agenda can be found here: https://t.co/eLPIW8YTXG. pic.twitter.com/ZzhkzJ43zr
Under the development plans, the entry area and parking lot will be designed and planned to reflect one-way traffic around the site. The existing driving area will be expanded to include a bypass to the north of the building. Access to the building’s alley on the east side will be removed, according to plans, with a 6-foot-tall see-through fence erected instead on the property’s east line.
An outdoor patio area was planned near the south and east of the building, with a rubbish bin on site. The former KFC Dome will be removed.
Site plans include 24 parking spaces, more than 23 required by the city code for the size of the building. Parking will include four handicapped spaces as well.
Two nearby residents have submitted questions with city employees regarding the proposed restaurant, including Stephanie Kniss documents show. Kniss asked about the restaurant’s opening hours, expressing concern about the noise of the night if it was 24 hours. Her letter said she supported the proposal but was also concerned about the height of the signs, and said she “did not think a sign that was too large would be appropriate for the neighborhood.”
Glenn Miller said he also generally supports the proposal but has expressed concerns about outside loudspeakers and sound disrupting the neighborhood.
Other DeKalb residents, including Noel Jacobson, Tom Winkle and Lauren Skurti, said they support the proposal, according to emails sent to city employees.