On Tuesday, July 16 Milford Planning Commission voted six to one to approve the final site plan for a new Chick-Fil-A Restaurant planned for the Milford Plaza Shopping Center. The company now has 90 days to file the plan, after which they can apply for building permits.
“I know a lot of people have asked me about Chick-Fil-A,” said Richard Carmean, City Manager. “I believe the Milford project has been on hold so they could complete the Rehoboth location before the summer tourist season.” The new restaurant, which is over 4,500 feet, will also include a drive-thru window.
The final plan was approved by DelDot with entrances to the shopping center remaining the same as they are now. The entrance from Donut Connection, which currently has a temporary barricade, will be closed completely. The entrance next to Carlisle Fire Company and at the traffic light on Route 113 between Milford Village and Milford Plaza will remain, as well the right-exit only located at the north end of the parking lot.
Commissioner Marvin Sharp, the only dissenting vote, expressed concerns over an island located near Citizen’s Bank, which is close to the proposed location for Chick-fil-A. Mr. Sharp said the island has a flagpole, but there is never a flag on the pole, making the island unnecessary and a traffic hazard to vehicles traveling into and out of Chick-fil-A, as well as customers entering and exiting the bank.
Angela Tsionias, whose company owns Milford Plaza, says she is unsure when groundbreaking for the restaurant will take place or what the anticipated opening date is for the location. Calls to Chick-Fil-A were not returned by press time.