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Fast Food Fears Fry Proposed Creve Coeur Chick-Fil-A

Michael Calhoun
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CREVE COEUR (KMOX) – Planning and Zoning Commissioners unanimously killed plans for a Chick-Fil-A at Olive Blvd. and Graeser, and at the same time stifled plans for more fast food development along the Olive corridor.

The Chick-Fil-A is proposed for the site of an old Walgreens, a lot which is smaller than the current three-acre minimum for drive-thrus.

Commissioners were considering, and rejected, a reduction in that requirement.

Dozens of residents packed the City Hall chambers Monday night to drive home their point that allowing fast food would result in more traffic, including cars cutting through their neighborhoods.

“I can walk to the movies, I can walk to the restaurants, I can walk to a lot of shopping areas,” said resident Lynn Berry. “I like that.”

One common fear was that Olive would turn into a younger brother of the busy, congestested Manchester Road.

The residents are now concerned that City Council members might overturn the decision, so they are collecting petition signatures.

Berry said she and her neighbors prefer “quality development.” If a sit-down restaurant or a street-level-type retail was interested in the Walgreens site, she said they would be completely in favor.

It’s drive-thru, fast food which has them fired up.

“If they put a Chick-Fil-A at my corner, it would be devastating.”

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