TOWSON, Md. — Chick-fil-A wants to build a restaurant on East Joppa Road in Towson, which would require obtaining zoning waivers from Baltimore County.
The company had a hearing scheduled for Tuesday regarding its application to set up a drive-thru restaurant on the site of the current Bob Evans, on East Joppa at LaSalle Road.
That hearing, however, was postponed because the company wanted more time to speak with “an adjacent neighborhood association,” according to a letter sent by Chick-fil-A’s attorney to the county.
Chick-fil-A is currently not permitted to build its restaurant project as the nearby Joppa/Loch Raven intersection is considered failing – meaning the county will no longer allow construction, “with very few exceptions limited”.
The company also wanted to build a drive-thru up to 4 feet from a residential area (county zoning requires it to be 75 feet), build an 18-square-foot directional sign (currently only 8 square feet is allowed), and build three 58-square-foot panels (currently only 2-square-foot ones are allowed).
Chick-fil-A’s rep is now requesting a hearing in August, according to a letter from their rep. The company says its conversations with the neighborhood group “have been productive…We believe it would be in everyone’s interest to postpone this hearing until after negotiations.”
Meanwhile, the Starbucks at Joppa and Loch Raven Boulevard is now permanently closed, after just a few years at the busy intersection. Starbucks pulled out of its lease and the building is now vacant.
Chick-fil-A also has a restaurant about 2 miles away in Parkville and one in downtown Towson.