Campbell Leaders Reject Proposal For Chick-Fil-A Location

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Campbell city leaders early Wednesday morning rejected a proposal for a Chick-fil-A restaurant on a busy city corner, siding with opponents concerned about traffic and parking issues.

Chick-fil-A proposed a 4,500-square-foot restaurant on South Bascom and East Campbell avenues, just down the street from the bustling Pruneyard shopping center.

But opponents said the fast food restaurant would draw more than 2,000 cars a day and create more unwanted traffic congestion to the area. So, some foodies will be left wanting.

Last November, the city’s planning commission approved a Chick-fil-A at the site now occupied by Denny’s, but a handful of residents appealed the decision.

The Campbell City Council on Tuesday could decide whether to approve permits for construction of a Chick-fil-A drive-through restaurant at the corner of Bascom Avenue and Arroyo Seco Drive, where a Denny's Restaurant now operates.

The council staff said its experts had crunched the numbers and recommended the council deny those appeals, and that didn’t sit well with opponents.

“Chick-fil-A is a retail shark that will not only forever change the retail business community but also the character of the town,” said resident Diego Certa.

The Chick-fil-A rep urged the council to look closely at the law before deciding tonight.

“If you are going to reverse the planning commission’s approval you need to find based on substantial evidence that the planning commission erred in making its decision,” said Miriam Montesinos, Chick-fil-A representative.

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