OXFORD — There is a new Burger King planned for the City of Oxford. The new restaurant will be located at 5093 College Corner Pike and will have a drive thru window.
The issue had to come before Oxford City Council during the meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3, for a first reading of an ordinance which will allow for a conditional use permit for a drive-through window in the Oxford General Business District. This ordinance will have to be read again for approval.
Community Development Director Jung-Han Chen explained, “This is a conditional use application to build a restaurant with a drive-through facility. In the General Business District a restaurant is a permitted use, but the drive-through must come before council for approval.”
Chen added, the building will be 2,800 square feet and will seat about 61 customers. Two existing residential buildings will be demolished to make room for this new restaurant.
The proposed site plan went before the Oxford Planning Commission and came back with a few issues to be resolved.
“One issue was the loading space, because in the Business District when you have a business you need a loading space,” Chen explained. “What they’re proposing is to use the drive-through lane as a loading space. Plus, they are proposing the parking spaces in front of the dumpsters.
“Additionally, they had more signage and bigger signage than the code allows. The Planning Commission looked at all these different issues and made a recommendation to approve this conditional use, subjected to the conditions that are listed in your packet.”
Those conditions are as follow:
•The loading space requirement is waived.
•The three parking spaces in front of the dumpster location will be eliminated.
•The allowable off-street parking will be capped at 34, including three queuing spaces.
•Only the three medallion wall signs, as submitted, are approved.
•The monument sign will meet the requirements of the Oxford sign regulations and shall not include a reader board as part of the design.
•The resolutions to City Engineer comments dated Aug. 18 will be satisfactory to the City Engineer.
“Those are the conditions for the Planning Committee for council’s consideration,” Chen added. The project developer had previously agreed to the listed conditions.
Oxford City Council will have to hold another reading of the ordinance again at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17, and at that time will approve or reject the recommendations.
Oxford City Council meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in Oxford’s courthouse.
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