Chambersburg planning commission OKs Olive Garden, Longhorn

Borough Council will review plans for restaurants near Walker Road and Norland Avenue

December 07, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — With planning commission approval in hand, the developers of an Olive Garden and a Longhorn Steakhouse will take their land development plans for the restaurants to the Chambersburg Borough Council Monday.

The Chambersburg Planning and Zoning Commission decided Tuesday to send the plans to the borough council for its consideration. The plans include the restaurants and a 7,000-square-foot retail space near the intersection of Walker Road and Norland Avenue.

The borough council will review the plans from Reyjoyce LLC at its 7 p.m. Monday meeting, according to Phil Wolgemuth, the borough's land use and development director.

Mickey Gardner of Reyjoyce LLC said earlier this week that he and his business partner, Michael Garrett, do not have a tenant lined up for the retail space.

Both restaurants started the process for obtaining liquor licenses, Gardner said.

The two restaurants and retail space on three acres are the first phase of development for the 15.5-acre site off Exit 17 of Interstate 81 near businesses including Kohl's, Target and Red Robin.

If things go well with the applications and approval process, construction could start in the spring, and the restaurants could open in the fall of 2012, Gardner said.

Wolgemuth said construction will include installation of a traffic light at the current driveway that leads to Panera Bread.

"That'll be a signalized intersection," he said.

The Borough of Chambersburg would provide water, sewer, electric and gas service to Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse, Wolgemuth said.

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