Residents of Delaware's west side will have a new fast-food option after Delaware City Council approved a final development plan March 11 for a Burger King on 1.14 acres at 1034 W. Central Ave.

The site, which sits west of First Commonwealth Bank and Panera Bread, is zoned general business district, which allows a restaurant and drive-through.

It's at the corner of Central Avenue and Crestview Drive, with residences to the west.

Four nearby residents objected to the plan at council meetings in February and March.

Council member Lisa Keller on March 11 said council is obligated to follow the criteria of the city's comprehensive plan, which allows such a use at the site, even though "this was a tough one for a lot of people."

Council member Chris Jones said he agreed with Keller.

He said some residents accused the city of seeking a Burger King for the location, which he called a misconception. The project was initiated by the applicant, Carrols Corp., headquartered at Syracuse, N.Y., and Massillon, he said.

Keller said Carrols responded to neighbors' concerns by increasing the number of trees and shrubs that will screen the restaurant from view.

Melissa Miller of Carrols told council the site's northwest corner, which faces Crestview Drive, will be "solid with trees," and the parking lot will be screened by shrubs on its north side.

Carrols also will widen West Central Avenue at the site to allow an eastbound turn lane into the restaurant's drive.

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