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Fast-food chain on hold in Howland

March 19, 2008
By DARCIE LORENO Tribune Chronicle
HOWLAND — It looks as though the township won’t soon be getting a Chick-fil-A fast-food restaurant, at least not at state Route 46 and Hidden Hills Drive.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay has upheld the township’s denial last year of a zoning permit that would have allowed construction.

But while Chick-fil-A officials no longer have interest in that site, they’re still looking, officials said.

‘‘At some point we will build in that general trade area,’’ said Brenda Green, Chick-fil-A spokeswoman. ‘‘They will continue to look for site locations.’’

The company had plans to build a 4,000-square-foot restaurant with a drive-though window on the state Route 46 parcel owned by Bonnie Polivka.

But a zoning request for the property was denied last year by Planning and Zoning Director Mark Zuppo Jr., mostly because Chick-fil-A wanted to use Hidden Hills Drive as a secondary access road. That street is zoned residential and is privately owned by eight residents who live on the cul-de-sac. They were against the idea.

Attorney Mark Finamore, who represents Chick-fil-A, filed an appeal in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court last March after Zuppo’s decision was upheld by the Howland Board of Zoning Appeals. Finamore was out of the office this week and could not be reached for comment.

Zuppo said there would still be options for the chain to build at the location without the secondary access on Hidden Hills Drive, but it would have to resubmit a zoning request. He said he hasn’t recently been contacted by the company.

Green said Chick-fil-A isn’t looking to build in the area yet this year, but will continue to look for a location.


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