Two new restaurants planned for Route 30 in York City


A York City-based developer plans to demolish two businesses and a house near the intersection of Route 30 and Fairlane Drive to make way for two chain restaurants — Chipotle and Noodles & Co.

Currently occupying the space are Auto Center of Route 30, a used car dealership; Xtreme Archery, an archery store and indoor range; and the unoccupied house.

When Apple Retail Properties' plans swing into motion, all of the structures will be torn down and replaced with one building to house the two restaurants.

The restaurants will be positioned near the highway, where the used car sales lot currently sits, and the rest of the space will be filled with parking.

Customers will be able to enter from Route 30 and Fairlane, said Scott Debell, senior project manager at engineering firm Site Design Concepts.

The two restaurants will sit among other eateries in the mixed-use area, including nearby KFC, Chick-fil-A and Subway franchises.

Houses abut the future site of the two restaurants, and several residents at a recent city planning meeting raised concerns about how the development would affect traffic and quality of life in the area.

Traffic concerns: Joe Kane, who lives near the site in the 900 block of Marbrook Lane, said two new restaurants would increase traffic in a residential area where there is already too much traffic.

He also urged officials to consider whether the restaurants would fit into the neighborhood.

Tonya Thompson-Morgan, who also lives on Marbrook, said her bedroom window faces Chick-fil-A's parking lot.

"It feels like businesses are coming in on every side," she said.

She said restaurants have increased traffic in the area, and she worries about her 10-year-old daughter playing near her house, on streets where people often speed.

Quality of life: "Am I going to have to sleep under a spotlight?" asked Carl Hensel, whose house is next to the one slated for demolition.

His bedroom would be right next to the parking lot, he said.

Hensel also raised concerns about the development decreasing property values and snow removal from the lot potentially turning his yard into a "swamp."

A solid, 8-foot fence and landscaping would be installed along the boundary with the residential properties, Debell explained.

But the parking lot will be closer to the property line than zoning laws allow, so city officials settled on a compromise.

They're allowing the developer to leave a buffer of a minimum of just 8.5 feet from the property line at a "pinch point," with the assurance that there will also be landscaping in the buffer zone.

Before the plans are put into action, the developer must present a final land-development plan and have a traffic study conducted.

Apple Retail Properties plans to break ground next spring, Gilbert said.

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