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Wendy's wants to replace its restaurant at Riverside and 161

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Wendy's is hoping to open a new store on the doorstep of another location.

Dublin City Council this week heard the first reading of a rezoning for 1.35-acres on the southwest corner of Dale Drive and W. Dublin Granville Road.

Wendy's is planning to open a new 3,800-square-foot restaurant behind its current site at the southeast corner of Riverside Drive and W. Dublin Granville Road.

"We've worked with the city staff for the past several months to try to accomplish this," Dennis Hill, vice president of real estate for Wendy's, told council Oct. 8.

The restaurant at the corner of Riverside Drive and W. Dublin Granville Road has been there since 1977, Hill said.

The new restaurant would act as a flagship for the company and a place to showcase to franchisees, bankers and others.

According to Hill, the new location would also include a community room and allow the restaurant a place to display company artifacts such as the Olympic torch company founder Dave Thomas carried.

"I'm looking forward to the public display of the artifacts you used to be able to see at the Broad Street store before it closed down," Mayor Tim Lecklider said.

The new location would replace the 35-year-old restaurant at the corner of Riverside Drive and W. Dublin Granville Road, which could benefit the city, Hill said.

"Freeing up that property at the corner will help with the city building a roundabout in the future," he said. "We want to transfer the use from one location to the next location."

The new site is the final outlot remaining at the Shoppes at River Ridge development, said Steve Langworthy, director of land use and long range planning.

The rezoning requested would take the 1.35 acres from Bridge Street Corridor Commercial District to Community Commercial District zoning.

Wendy's has already requested and received a parking easement and variances for four signs, Langworthy said.

If the rezoning is approved, the company would also request a conditional use permit for a patio and drive-through for the restaurant.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended disproval of the rezoning with concerns that if the land were redeveloped in the future by someone other than Wendy's, it would not be up to the high standards Dublin has envisioned for the Bridge Street Corridor.

"Overall, most of the commissioners expressed support to either rezone the site to a planned district or to grant waivers to the Bridge Street Corridor District requirements," the staff report to council said.

The company did not want to use Bridge Street corridor zoning because it would require too many requests for waivers, Langworthy said.

To address the concerns of the planning commission, Langworthy said, a development agreement has been agreed upon by Wendy's and the city to limit permitted uses if the rezoning is approved.

"We tried to look at planning commission objections and address those objections in the best way possible," he said.

Dublin City Council is expected to vote upon the rezoning Oct. 22.

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