AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Judging from the long lines at the drive-thru in Boardman, Chick-fil-A is a popular place. Now, there’s one coming to Austintown after township trustees voted unanimously to approve the rezoning.
The Austintown Township trustees met Monday night to discuss the rezoning of 5657 Mahoning Avenue from an agricultural to a business district. Plans are to build the restaurant on the old Mashorda’s property.
It’s to bring in a business that residents have wanted for a while.
“More than any other company, we get calls from the residents saying, ‘Are we getting a Chick-fil-A?’ And usually, my answer is, ‘I’m not aware of it,'” said zoning inspector Darren Crivelli.
The passing of the zone change allows for Chick-fil-A to come to Austintown, but it wasn’t a simple process.
“We have gone through the planning commission and the other board of appeals that we needed to. So we believe we have met everything we needed to for this,” said Chick-fil-A representative Ellen Selle.
While no one commented at the meeting, a resident did send in a letter with multiple requests for Chick-fil-A. He wants no music to be heard from the building or to hear the intercom from the drive-thru. Also, no lighting to be facing his house, including wall packs, and a ditch for a stream not to be dammed up. He also requested the tallest possible fence along the west and south side of the restaurant with trees for barriers.
“Everything in his letter we are covering and there is quite a large buffer between his property and the actual Chick-fil-A drive-thru, and it’s over 100 feet from his property to the actual building,” Selle said.
Afterward, all three trustees voted to approve the change.
“Obviously, we’re elated to have a corporation like Chick-fil-A to come to the community. This is something that the public has been asking for the longest time that I can remember,” said trustee Jim Davis.
Davis said they hope the Chick-fil-A will open late next year.