Beavercreek just took the first steps to allowing a well-known chicken establishment to break ground. Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers presented a detailed site plan for approval to build a location just south of the Speedway gas station located at the intersection of North Fairfield Rd. and Kemp Rd. The city approved the first reading after hearing public input.
Raising Cane’s is planning on constructing a 3,576 square foot restaurant on a 1.16 acre that will serve fresh, made-to-order chicken strips. They’re known for their “fresh and never frozen” chicken. The chicken is delivered three to four times a week and is purchased from a local farm in Cincinnati. Their sauces are made fresh daily in each store. The only item on the menu that will be found to be frozen are the pre-cut potatoes for the fries. They consider the business to be quick service and not a fast food chain.
“One thing that stands us aside from other chains is that we give back to the community. We get involved in feeding the hungry and other local ventures. We give back on average of 4% or more. The company gives back on average $2.5-$2.7 million a year,” the Real Estate Project Manager of Raising Cane said. “We do a lot of Football Friday Nights, reading groups at local libraries, and many more. Our managers live in the communities they work and we will be providing 65 jobs to the area.”
Due to the current access point to Speedway and the close proximity of the traffic stop at the intersection at North Fairfield and Kemp Roads, an access to Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers will not be available on North Fairfield Road. Instead, an access will be constructed off of Kemp Road, just past Speedway. There will not be a connection to the restaurant through the Speedway parking lot due to the fact that Speedway has declined to give permission for such access due to safety concerns.
Residents from the adjacent neighborhood voiced their concerns regarding increased traffic, noise and the desire to have a fence barrier instead of a mounding system that has been proposed. Though the concerns were taken into consideration by city council members, as Debborah Wallace pointed out, the city cannot control who purchases property or control how it is used, but with the ASRA provision, they are able to control certain aspects of the design plan and attempt to limit the impact to the residents as much as possible.
In the end, in addition to the 18 conditions recommended by the Planning Commission, the city council members added three additional conditions before approving the site plan. The additional conditions included adding an awning over the drive-thru window, placing an indirect lighting sign system to the back of the building, and provide finished grade paving to the access road to the first 100 feet to allow for the additional weight of the delivery trucks. Conditions that were recommended by the Planning Commission included the normal provisions regarding landscaping, elevations, signage, lighting, outside appearance, trash and debris, etc.
Now, no need to drive all the way to West Chester for the great taste of some fried chicken strips.
I’m looking forward to this new location- what about you?