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By Lorilyn C. Lirio

The Olympia Site Plan Committee heard a proposal to build a one-story, 4,987 square foot Chick-fil-A restaurant at 2930 Capital Mall Drive Southwest, Olympia on Wednesday, June 1.

The location was the site of the Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse for many years.

Project engineer Estefania Escamilla, of Barghausen Consulting Engineers, said she proposed the demolition of the existing structure and the new construction of the fast food restaurant with concrete drive-thrus, order canopies, parking in asphalt, a garbage enclosure and associated utilities. .

According to the project document submitted to the committee, there will be two vehicle access points, both located along Mall Loop Drive Southwest. The first is located to the northeast near the waste enclosure and the second to the southwest, closer to the middle of the site.

Olympia’s associate planner Paula Smith said the property was in the design review district. The project is subject to review based on basic commercial and high-density design criteria. “It has a lot to do with the facades that face the high-density corridor street, which is Cooper Point Road.”

Smith also pointed to the sewer line that runs on the property along Cooper Point. “In this case, you would want to build up to the easement lines.”

If there are no easements, Smith said the city would require the developer to provide a 10-foot easement area. “We would seek to have your building placed right at this line. We would consider bringing it up to the street frontage.

Parking requirements

Smith said the city requires 10 parking spaces per 1,000 square feet at a drive-thru or restaurant.

The project proposed 80 parking spaces.

Smith said the developer was allowed 50 parking spaces depending on the size of the building. “An increase in parking beyond this amount would require a change in parking.”

She explained that changing parking between 10% and 40% is subject to administrative review, while more than 40% requires a decision from the Hearing Examiner. “I encourage you to review the criteria to be able to provide you with a waiver or amendment for increased parking.”

Smith also touched on perimeter landscaping. It asks the promoter to develop the facades on the street and the parking spaces.

According to Smith, the developer’s plan did not meet city code on parking lot walkways, which are at least 12 feet wide to accommodate a tree.

She added that parking rows should accommodate landscaped islands of at least 114 square feet.

Smith also asked the developer to provide them with a pedestrian access map showing where people are walking to and passing through the development.

The plan should also include bicycle parking – short-term outdoor and long-term parking for employees, Smith told the developer.

Land Use Review

The project triggers a land use review, Smith commented.

“The city usually organizes a neighborhood meeting. The meeting would be sent to landowners and business owners within 300 feet of the project site,” Smith said.

“Neighborhood meetings help provide information to the public about the plan and give them the opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns,” she added.