Glendale could get a new drive-thru Chick-fil-A this year.
The popular restaurant paid $2.12 million for property at 5201 N. Port Washington Road, with plans to raze the former Clinic of Cosmetic Surgery building and redevelop the site this year.
Chick-fil-A will demolish the existing building, just east of Interstate 43, and replace it with a nearly 2,800-square-foot free-standing restaurant with dual drive-thru lanes and a 38-stall parking lot. The drive-thru-only restaurant will not offer indoor or outdoor seating.
A Chick-fil-A employee said at a common council meeting in September 2021 that development would start this spring and finish by fall. Also that month, the common council approved the restaurant's planned development agreement.
It isn't the Atlanta-based fast-food chain’s first attempt at coming to Glendale.
In 2019, Chick-fil-A’s rezoning request for a property at 5464 N. Port Washington Road was met with a negative recommendation from the plan commission. Officials cited traffic concerns, and Mayor Bryan Kennedy mentioned the restaurant’s views on the LGBTQ community.
"I want assurances that every civil rights law is going to be abided by, and that this location is not going to discriminate against people who are part of our community — because the corporation does," Kennedy said in 2019.
Last year, the council unanimously voted to send a revised rezoning request to the plan commission and members praised the restaurant for how well it addressed the city’s concerns.
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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: A drive-thru-only Chick-fil-A is coming to Glendale this year