The proposed Chick-fil-A restaurant slated to replace the Burger King on the south end of Federal Road in Brookfield — the first Chick-fil-A in Connecticut — has made its way through the zoning process, with demolition and construction scheduled to begin this fall.
If the project continues on schedule, Brookfield residents will be able to order a chicken biscuit and waffle fries by the new year.
The Zoning Commission held a public hearing on the 4,668 square-foot project and unanimously approved the plans in April and set a bond in the amount of $75,000 in May.
The new restaurant will include two drive-thru lanes for ordering that will merge into a single lane for payment and pickup. The dining area will be able to seat a maximum of 109 patrons, as well as a small patio area outside with five tables.
According to the application filed with the Zoning Commission and Inland Wetlands Commission, the new restaurant’s layout will be similar to the old one, with a drive-thru lane along the north side and a parking area with 58 spots on the south.
Though the building and parking area will take up 1,568 square feet more than the previous restaurant, state and local traffic authorities have determined that the expansion “will not substantially affect state highway traffic operations in the area,” according to a letter from the DOT sent July 26.
Chick-fil-A engineers estimate an additional 30 cars passing through the area during peak evening hours but do not expect any significant increase in congestion.
With DOT approval, construction on the new Chick-fil-A can begin as soon as the existing building is demolished. If demolition and construction work remains on schedule, the new restaurant should be open this fall or early 2014.
Check back with Brookfield Patch Wednesday afternoon for more from Chick-fil-A representatives.