TEMPLE TERRACE Two popular fast-food restaurants are slated to be demolished and replaced with larger versions this year, a Temple Terrace staff member said.
City leaders have signed off on plans to build a larger Chick-fil-A at its current location, 5302 E. Fowler Ave.
The Burger King at 8755 N. 56th St. is set to move two blocks south to the northeast corner of North 56th Street and Chicago Avenue, fronting the Sweetbay plaza. The restaurant is being relocated as part of the downtown redevelopment district project, which has been at a standstill since March 2012.
Operators of Chik-fil-A want to build a 4,000-square-foot building to accommodate a larger dining area and kitchen, Temple Terrace senior planner Brad Parrish said. The project will get a new entrance on Fowler and a drive-through lane realigned to direct departing traffic to 53rd Street.
The developer will plant trees and shrubs around the restaurant to buffer the parcel from adjacent properties. Three live oaks will be replaced with elms to better showcase the building.
The Temple Terrace City Council voted unanimously to approve the site plan.
The service road located behind the Chik-fil-A will remain open, and the traffic patterns will stay the same near the restaurant, Parrish said.
Employees at the Fowler Avenue restaurant will be temporarily reassigned.
City Councilman Grant Rimbey raised an issue important to area preservationists, who want a more consistent use of the city's historical architectural style. Rimbey said he would like to see city officials begin talks with developers early in the planning stage to offer input on project designs.
The councilman, who served as a former president of the Temple Terrace Preservation Society, wants more builders to embrace the Mediterranean Revival architectural style, in keeping with the city's past .
He suggested a two-story Burger King with Spanish Colonial or Mediterranean Revival architectural features would be ideal on North 56th Street.
Dan Fitzpatrick, chairman and CEO of Quality Dining Inc., said the new Burger King he is proposing to build at North 56th Street and Chicago Avenue is unique.
The restaurant will be about 2,800 square feet and will feature high ceilings, Fitzpatrick said. There will not be a second floor.
The building would include architectural elements borrowed from the company's Italian restaurant chain, which he did not name.
The restaurant will be the centerpiece of a landscaped parcel facing Chicago Avenue to alleviate traffic backups on 56th Street, Fitzpatrick said. A drive-through lane will wrap around the building.
Fitzpatrick's company requested several waivers on the project, among them, placing the large metal trash bin behind a 12-foot high wall adjacent to the restaurant.
The council vote unanimously to approve the preliminary site plan for the Burger King restaurant.