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Chick-fil-A Plans to Tear Down Former North Point Burger King

by Karen Goff March 3, 2016 at 10:30 am 15 Comments

 Chick-fil-A plans to tear down the former Burger King building at North Point Village Center in order to make way for a new building to house the restaurant.

Chick-fil-A has filed a Planned Residential Community application with the Fairfax County Planning Commission, which will be heard at the planning commission’s March 16 meeting.

The new PRC plan is necessary so that Chick-fil-A can have a slightly bigger restaurant with an expanded drive-thru, land use attorneys told the Reston Planning and Zoning committee last month.

The Burger King space at 1490 North Point Village Center has been vacant since March of 2014. Chick-fil-A filed its applications with the county in November. Chick-fil-A has an existing location at 12160 Sunset Hills Rd., about 2 1/2 miles away.

John Martinez, Development Manager with Chick-fil-A, Inc., told the Reston P&Z committee the new location will have 96 seats and a children’s play area. There will be outdoor seating for approximately twenty diners, he added.

Martinez also said the North Point location will be a custom project, slightly smaller than is typical for Chick-fil-A because of the size and layout of the site.

There will be 15 dedicated parking spaces at the restaurant, as well as shared parking in the main parking area of the village center, Martinez said.

The new building will be slightly lower (19 feet compared with 21 feet) than the current one, but will contain an additional five feet for standard Chick-fil-A “tower components.”

Two trees will be removed due to configuration of the parking area, but additional landscaping is planned, the Chick-fil-A representatives said.

P&Z Committee members expressed concern that it would involve a complicated U-turn to get from the end of the drive-thru to the village center’s exit lane. Martinez said the exit lane will be widened to 12 feet, but that the area between the drive-thru and the village center exit would not be changed.

A county staff report featuring renderings will be made available next week.

Shuttered Burger King location at North Point/file photo

  • 20191 Crack-Fil-A Eater

    YESSSSSS

  • SnarkyAuntie

    Where’s the Hooters wings guy?

    • Chuck Morningwood

      Probably at the Hooters in FAIRFAX.

    • Wings!!

      Wings here!! I’m excited about this, but it’s still not quite a Hooters.

      #HootersForReston

  • susie

    Sat in drive thru at the one near Target for 15 min at 3 pm the other day. Another one will be great

  • Greg

    They are correct on the drive-thru exit. It’s a bottleneck to say the least. I hope they can find a better solution than just widening the exit lane.

    Since they are tearing down the old building, why don’t they locate the new building closer to the other restaurant (Boston Market) and have a shared outdoor dining pavilion?

    Also, doesn’t RA’s DRB have to approve all of the changes, including tree removals?

    • vdiv

      “Also, doesn’t RA’s DRB have to approve all of the changes, including tree removals?”

      Ha-Ha-Ha… ha-ha… Ha! Oh, you are serious?! 🙂

      Boston Market will probably not survive with a Chick fil A next to it (barely alive already) so why not just gut both buildings and have a properly sized restaurant parallel to the parking area and Reston Parkway?

      • JoeInReston

        I order lunch from Boston Market quite frequently. I am there enough to know that they do fine, business-wise. Its one of the few places that you can get a sandwich and veggie for under $8. Boston Market out lasted Burger King and have remained open while competing against Great Wall, Honey Baked Ham, California Tortilla, Subway (incarnation 2) and Jerry’s.

    • Karen Goff

      Yes, the DRB does have to approve the changes. They were before the DRB a few weeks ago. This application has a ways to go though. These are just “plans” right now.

    • Arielle in NoVA

      I like your suggestion of a shared dining pavilion. Fresh air and some shade from hot sun/inclement weather. Hope they listen to you.

  • LD

    I’ve been dreading this bc I know how busy other sites get. The parking lot already is overcrowded. Boooo

  • Why do you bother?

    You couldn’t pay me enough to give one penny of my money to CFA – they fund hate groups.

  • KDC

    Chik Fil a is much overated but better then Buger King. Boston Market is much better in my opinion. I would chose rotisserie chicken any day over fried, a lot better sides too.

  • RestonRed

    Where is the staff report for Planning Commission? Is it still going to be heard on March 16? I’ve checked all the places I know and there’s no link to a staff report.

    • Karen Goff

      It is not out yet (usually two weeks before public hearing, so yes, weird). I am looking for it myself.

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