The Mount Airy Town Council announced at Monday’s meeting that a Chick-fil-A might replace the Pizza Hut in town.
This announcement follows the pizza company announcing late last year that it would be closing about 500 locations. The Mount Airy Pizza Hut, at 1705 Ridgeside Drive, went up for sale about nine months ago, according to John Breeding, Mount Airy planning administrator.
“We might be getting a Chick-fil-A. How 'bout that?" council President Larry Hushour said. “It’s where the Pizza Hut currently stands. Chick-fil-A is interested in that piece of property.”
In order for Chick-fil-A to take over the space, it would need to cut into some of the town’s property along the edge of the parking lot, Hushour said. The council is now looking to improve the parking capacity of that property so they can see what they have to offer as far as getting the chicken restaurant in that space.
According to Breeding, the Pizza Hut will have to close if the Chick-fil-A gets a concept plan approved. But he hopes that the Pizza Hut can remain in Mount Airy in some other form, such as a delivery or carryout location rather than a dine-in restaurant.
The town will hold a public hearing on the topic at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3, before the Town Council meeting, pushing back the meeting until after the hearing concludes.
Center Street project
On Monday night, the town also reintroduced and adopted a new milestone for the proposal to extend Center Street.
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In December the council discussed expanding the road to Md. 27, and all voted in favor of postponing a decision until the January meeting with added verbiage and a date.
June 30, 2023, is now the deadline to have a development plan approved by the Mount Airy Planning Commission, according to Councilwoman Pamela Reed.
At the January meeting, Councilman Karl Munder suggested pushing the date to June 2023.
All council members except Councilwoman Patricia Washabaugh voted for the Center Street expansion resolution amendment for the new date of June 30, 2023. The voting results were the same for the resolution as a whole.
Washabaugh expressed some opposition to the project.
“I agree that at some point Center Street should be extended, but there’s a lot of costs involved in that. We don’t know if we can even acquire the land, we don’t know what that land is going to entail and as much as I want to be proactive — and I don’t want to, as we say, kick this down the can — I have to be fiscally responsible as an elected official,” Washabaugh said. “We don’t know what’s going to happen if a developer comes in. Will that developer pay for everything? So, for me, I’d like to sort of put it on pause at this point.”
Reed responded to Washabaugh’s concerns, noting that there are some unanswered questions with the project but that Monday’s resolution keeps the project progressing.