FAIRFAX CITY, VA — Fairfax Metropolis Council unanimously accredited a proposal Tuesday to exchange the McDonald’s restaurant close to Fairfax Circle with a extra fashionable constructing and add drive-through home windows to the construction.
McDonald’s USA LLC submitted a proposal in January 2020 to rebuild the prevailing 3,309 square-foot restaurant situated at 3195 Previous Lee Freeway. He requested town for a particular use allow to permit him to put in drive-through home windows and services as an adjunct use.
“The primary cause we purchased this utility earlier than the council was, initially, modernize the appear and feel of the restaurant to provide it a extra modern look, and match the branding that McDonald’s is rolling out,” mentioned Evan Pritchard, a planning lawyer representing the applicant.
Along with giving the property a brand new look, the applicant wished so as to add a drive-through lane and proceed to supply entry to the positioning from each Previous Lee freeway and Previous Pickett Street.
Based on the positioning plan (picture above), a drive-through ordering board can be added to the parking space on the west finish of the property and pay and pickup home windows can be put in on the northside of the constructing. Prospects wishing to entry the drive-through would enter on Previous Pickett Street, observe the (purple) lane to buy and pickup meals, and exit the property onto Previous Lee Freeway. A secondary bail out (blue) lane would observe the identical sample.
The applicant requested a particular exception to the parking requirement. The positioning at the moment has 55 parking areas. With a view to accommodate the addition of the drive-through facility, the applicant would want to take away the prevailing parking alongside the north facet of the property. Though the applicant can be required to supply a minimal of twenty-two parking areas, solely 19 are included within the proposal.
“We’re going to be enhancing the sidewalk alongside Previous Lee and Previous Pickett,” Pritchard mentioned. “We will be rearranging. Among the parking goes to go away from the north finish of the positioning and considerably be offset by new parking and reconfigured parking on the southern finish of the positioning.”
Whereas the parking being proposed is much less that what’s required, Pritchard identified that 900-square-feet of the constructing can be basement storage, which was not accessible to clients.
The applicant additionally requested approval for modifications to the entrance and facet setback for the property, and the tree cover requirement alongside Previous Lee Freeway.
Because the McDonald’s sits on an oddly formed lot, the applicant requested town to take that into consideration concerning the setback requirement on Previous Pickett Street.
“We’re eradicating 10 timber from to reconfigure the positioning, however we’re including 17, so there’s going to be an general internet enhance of seven timber on the positioning,” Pritchard mentioned. “We’re truly exceeding the required cover that will usually be required.”
Though weekday common day by day journeys to the McDonald’s would enhance by 412 below the positioning’s new configuration, a visitors research anticipated no change in visitors on the intersections of Previous Lee Freeway and Previous Pickett Street, in response to Metropolis Planner Supriya Chewle.