Chick-fil-A has plans to start serving up some chicken in Eagan soon.
A new 5,000-square-foot restaurant complete with 135 seats, a 16-seat outdoor patio and drive-through is planned for Eagan Promenade shopping center.
It’s last the lot to be redeveloped within the CityVue Commons south of Yankee Doodle Road next to CityVue Apartments.
It’s still in the planning stages, but during Tuesday’s Eagan City Council meeting, the applicant said Chick-fil-A could open in early 2018..
There were a few questions on the number of signs on the restaurant and traffic flow between neighboring businesses, but a planned development amendment was approved 5-0 by the Eagan City Council Tuesday.
It will be the first Chick-fil-A in Eagan. Other nearby restaurants include Apple Valley, West St. Paul, Bloomington and Burnsville.
Justin Lurk, a developer with Chick-fil-A, touted the business’s community service efforts, charities and scholarships during the Advisory Planning Commission meeting last month. He also touted its business model where one operator is in charge of one franchise.
“It really forces and encourages the operator to be in the store all day — to be in the community and live in the community,” Lurk said. “It’s been a successful business model to date.”
The layout of the parking lot and restaurant will also minimize conflict between pedestrians and eat-in traffic with those using the drive-through.
The city also approved plans for an 86-room, four-story Comfort Suites Hotel at 1335 Corporate Center Curve, southeast of the Pilot Knob exit off Interstate 494.
It’s the final 2.24 acres remaining on a long-vacant parcel of land established for office uses in 1985 as part the Eagan Dale Office Center. The Eagan City Council amended the use for the property from office to hotel during Tuesday’s meeting. It was approved without any discussion.
During the Advisory Planning Commission meeting last month, the hotel’s future neighbors expressed concern about parking and the increased traffic.
Tom Goodrum, planner for Westwood Professional Services representing the applicant, said the number of parking spaces needed compared to a typical office building is significantly less.
The hotel on average will have about a 70 percent occupancy rate based on market studies, he said.
Taxi and ride sharing businesses also decrease the number of parking spots needed.
He said there will be an additional entrance built to provide direct access to the hotel and away from the offices.
Goodrum also said the hotel looked at several sites in Eagan and is thrilled this spot worked out.
The hotel chose the spot because of the convenient access to both highways to serve both the local business/office needs and the drive-through travelers.