Planning commission gives OK to Sonic on Dual Highway

February 13, 2012|By C.J. LOVELACE |

HAGERSTOWN — An empty lot near Edgewood Drive will become the site of a Sonic restaurant in Hagerstown.

The city’s seven-member Planning Commission approved site plans for the drive-in restaurant at 1710 Dual Highway by a unanimous vote at a workshop meeting last week.

Plans call for a 1,460-square-foot building and 17 covered drive-in stalls to be built on the 0.623-acre lot next to PNC Bank and Hampton Inn. Traffic will enter and exit using the westbound lanes of Dual Highway.

The site plan application was submitted Nov. 16, 2011, according to City Planning Director Kathleen A. Maher. The planning commission approved the site plan Feb. 8 on the condition that final access approval was granted by the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Franchise owner John Louderback of Sonic Outpost LLC in Chambersburg, Pa., said Monday night he has received final approval from SHA officials.

“We’re excited about it,” Louderback said. “We’re going to move rapidly. We hope to break ground next month.”

The restaurant would be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and would employ as many as 10 people, Maher said in an email.

“It is a typical Sonic site plan with a small building with no interior dining, a drive-thru around the building and a park-and-dine area to the side,” Maher wrote. “Employees come out to the car in the park-and-dine area to take orders and deliver food.”

This would be the second Sonic owned by Louderback. He owns the Sonic on Norland Avenue in Chambersburg, which opened in July 2010, and plans to open a restaurant in Frederick, Md.

The Hagerstown project was designed by engineering firm Frederick Seibert & Associates Inc. of Hagerstown.

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