Bojangles Files Application For New Carolina Beach Location

Bojangles Files Application For New Carolina Beach Location

Bojangles Files Application For New Carolina Beach Location Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 18 February 2020 03:16

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - A Bojangles restaurant is one step closer to opening a location in Carolina Beach. An official application was submitted last week to the Town's Planning Department after several months of exploring options and zoning regulations.

Plans were submitted to the Town's Planning and Zoning Department on Thursday December 12th.

The proposed location is 1341 N. Lake Park Blvd adjacent to Walgreens and the Food Lion shopping center.

Plans show a 3,144 square foot building with dual drive-thru menu boards and street access from N. Lake Park Blvd, Bridge Barrier Road and interconnectivity with the Walgeens parking lot.

The Town's Technical Review Committee considered the plans during their December 16th, meeting. That committee is made up of Town Department heads including Police, Fire, Public Works, Planning Department and other Town staff. They review the application and discuss plans for a new development.

An application was previously submitted to the Town of Carolina Beach in August 2019 to obtain a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to build a SpringHill Suites, by Marriott, at 1341 N. Lake Park Blvd adjacent to Walgreens.

The application was submitted by Avon Park Holdings, LLC of Greenville SC.  The project will occupy 1.95 acres on two vacant properties.

A SpringHill Suites currently operates at Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington, NC.

Another development group submitted preliminary plans to build a Wendy's restaurant on the same property in September of 2018 but that project never materialized.

Bob Spalding of The Isaacs Group of Charlotte North Carolina submitted the plans to the Town.

The property was formerly owned as part of the Snow's Cut Crossing Shopping Center (Food Lion). It was sold to another party as an out parcel of the center in the early 2000's for $555,000.

On February 18th, Assistant Town Manager Ed Parvin explained, "Bojangles will be a use that is permitted by right. They have come in and filled out a permit application.  However, we have not receive any plans or details so nothing is being processed/reviewed by staff at this time.  We have asked Bojangles to consider making the façade of the building more in line with a coastal community.  They do have landscaping requirements for the business.  We have also asked that they work to incorporate existing landscaping (i.e. live oaks) as much as possible in their plans."

Local resident Ben Sey wrote to Town Council stating, "I want to express a few thoughts regarding an recent article in the Island Gazette pertaining the the possibility of a BoJoangles in CB. 1. It seems to me that we do not need another fast food chain on the island.  Our local businesses are critical to our economic health and to allow a chain franchise to open in CB just further infringes on the support given to our local restaurants.  As I'm sure you know, the owners of Saints Cove had to close their business because the revenues in the slow months did not support a 12 month business.  That sort of situation will likely be exacerbated if we allow the encroachment of additional fast food chains.   2. If we as a community are serious about supporting the entrepreneurs who support us, then you, as the leaders of our community, need to be cautious about how you do in fact support our local  entrepreneurs.  Our guests and residents depend on our Town Council to ensure that you find ways to ensure that our community retains its unique character.  In my opinion, the addition of a BoJoangles does not support the unique character of our island community. 3. In the event that you do allow this to continue, which I believe is a mistake, I ask that you insist that the franchise owner modify their plans nd construct the building in a manner consistent with a beach community.  As we enter into CB, this will be one of the first sights to be seen. The new large structure on the opposite side of Lake Park is hideous.  How could that have been allowed?'

He explained, "Please don't make that mistake again with BoJangles.  The article in the Island Gazette indicated that the owners have the intention of doing the least amount of modifications simply because they are not compelled to do so by ordnance.  To me, that position is at the least offensive and worst it indicates that they have no intention of investing in our community. Rather, that position indicates that they prefer to reap the harvest off the backs of all of the many entrepreneurs who have invested their time, effort and financial commitment to our island community.   4. The building that Bryant Real Estate built represents their commitment to our community.  They didn't have to do that, but they did it as a symbol of what is important and to demonstrate that they have chosen to invest in CB.  It seems to me that we are at cross road and our elected officials need to begin to assess what we are and where we are headed.  A BoJoangles being constructed doesn't support our local entrepreneurs nor does it support the recent trend in either construction or remodeling by Bryant and Nauti Dog to emphasize the character of our island home."

Within the last decade, the Town of Carolina Beach, under a different administration and different planning director, change the rules for permitting such restaurants. Prior to that, restaurants had to go throuh a detailed review process with the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Town Council before approval or denial of a permit.

Currently, restaurants are permitted by right under review by the Planning Department as long as they adhere to existing zoning regulations.

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