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Purcellville agrees to two new drive-thru restaurants

Photo courtesy/ Kevin Bednoski of Roadside Development, LLC. Purcellville Gateway Shopping Center before the construction of the two drive-thru restaurants. Since the Purcellville Town Council granted the shopping center three special use permits, construction should begin by late this year.
The Purcellville Town Council granted three special use permits to the Purcellville Gateway shopping center July 9 allowing it to open two drive-thru restaurants.

Two residents came to voice their complaints about the new restaurants, but the Planning Commission recommended all three permits during the joint hearing.

The first special use permit, 13-01, is for a 5,015-square-foot restaurant in the northeastern lot of the shopping center. Roadside Development, the owners of Purcellville Gateway, originally intended to build a two-story, 22,000-square-foot office building in the lot.

Special use permit 13-02 is for a two-lane drive-thru running along the south side of the same restaurant.

While Roadside would not openly state who will own the drive-thru because the potential owner has not signed the lease, the restaurant's hours and Planning Commission comments indicate that the restaurant will be a Chick-fil-A.

The third permit, 13-03, is for a 3,500-square-foot drive-thru in the southeastern portion of the shopping center. It would go in front of the fountain in an empty lot between I.J. Cann's and the future Wine Kitchen. A Starbucks may possibly take this location.

Andrew Heronimz, a Villages of Purcellville resident whose backyard abuts the northeastern lot, attended to voice his complaints about the larger drive-thru.

“This evening, I sat in the Kohl's parking lot [in Leesburg] about 50 feet away from the fast food restaurant located there. Let me tell you, on an 85-degree day in the summertime, the smell of peanut oil, waffle fries and chicken tenders – it's not pleasant,” he said. “I believe that fast food restaurants are not appropriate for any neighborhood.”

The Town Council and Planning Commission took concerns like these seriously during their discussions.

The Planning Commission recommended the two-lane drive-thru on five conditions. Two of these concerned the privacy of the nearby neighborhood: the owners of the restaurant must replace any buffer trees when they die, and the hours of operation must be limited to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Still, not all were in favor of recommending the permits: 13-01 passed 5-2 and 13-02 passed 4-3.

Planning Commission Member Ben Packard voted against both permits. He thinks the drive-thru restaurant would add excessive noise and traffic to the community.

“It's going to be a different beast” than the original office building," Packard said.

Special use permit 13-03 passed unanimously.

Excepting Mayor Bob Lazaro, who was absent, the Town Council passed all three permits unanimously.

While Wiley said that he would have preferred an office building for the northeastern lot, he still voted for the permits.

“It seems a little difficult to tell a business what they can or can't do with their property,” he said.

Kevin Bednoski, the project executive for Purcellville Gateway, said that Roadside is completing the site plans for the Board of Architectural Review to approve.

Roadside hopes to begin construction on the drive-thru in the southeastern lot by the end of the year, with some of the new tenants opening their restaurants by early 2014.

“We're very excited about the outcome tonight,” Bednoski said. “We're always cognizant of the concerns that the community has.”


“It seems a little difficult to tell a business what they can or can’t do with their property”. Oh, the ole’ and addlepated doc Wiley, he didn’t have any problem telling Sam Brown what he can and can’t do with his property. Out to pasture with you, doc.

Funny, the list of ingredients doesn’t even include chicken?  Gross.  Definitely NOT a fan of this place for many reasons, but grocers nearby have real roasted chicken!

The more Ted Cruz wannbes the better!  And more Chik Fil A sounds good too.

Oh my, Growth is coming to the county seat of “Catoctin County”. Those PEC’ers must be pulling their hair out.

Chik-Fil-A?  They’re as right wing as the Purcellville Gazette. 
The good news is that the Ted Cruz wannabes at Patrick Henry College can get their chicken sandwiches with a side order of intolerance.

I find it funny that someone would sit in their car to give feedback at some town meeting. Andrew, you need to find a hobby. And enuf has time to go search the web for Chick Fil-A’s ingredients.
I hear gas stations give off an odor too…...

Oh Andrew….it’s not the smell you have to worry about but rather the constant traffic that place will generate.  People seem to love that stuff—they think it’s chicken….but  

“According to Chick-fil-A’s own menu posted on their website, their classic chicken sandwiches are made with all the following chemicals and ingredients: (http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Food/Menu-Detail/ChickfilA-Chicken-Sandwic…)

• monosodium glutamate (twice!)
• soybean oil
• sodium aluminum phosphate
• dimethylpolysiloxane (an anti-foaming chemical)
• high fructose corn syrup
• ammonium sulfate
• soy lecithin
• sodium benzoate
• polysorbate 80
• yellow 5
• blue 1”

Sounds yummy…but they will come in hoards so get ready for the masses.


This is the “green” Purcellville…making more and more drive throughs? What a bunch of baloney throwers we have running this town…

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