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Sonic plans to open new restaurant

With the opening of Fatz Cafe just earlier this week, another chain restaurant has announced plans to open in the new Lincolnton Town Center.
The Lincolnton Planning Board Tuesday voted unanimously to recommend that the City Council approve a rezoning to allow a Sonic Drive-in restaurant in the shopping center on East Main Street.
The restaurant will be located on a 1.3-acre parcel east of Fatz. A building currently located on the site of the restaurant will be demolished, said Mark Carpenter, the city’s zoning administrator.
The company will open a 2,800-square-foot building with a canopy area for drive-up customers, Carpenter said.
The restaurant will feature 50 seats indoors and 25 drive-in spots, he said. There will also be a drive-through window.
Sonic, the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, serves more than a million customers a day, according to its Web site.
Developers are working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation on curb requirements for the property. They’ll also have to construct a sidewalk along a portion of East Main Street.
In other business, planning board members approved two applications from developer Lloyd Trotter.
Trotter’s first request, to rezone 1.1 acres of land from Residential-8 to Neighborhood Business, was opposed by a neighboring property owner.
The land is on the west side of North Aspen Street across from Vandiver Drive. It’s an area of town that has seen a great deal of commercial development over the past 15 to 20 years.
Cheryl Burgess, who lives in one of the few remaining residential structures nearby, said she was concerned with privacy.
Steve Gurley, the city’s planning director, said the NB district has requirements dealing with buffering and screening.
Planning board members also approved an application from Trotter to rezone 9.5 acres at the end of Vandiver Drive from Residential Multi-Family to Planned Business.
The board voted to recommend denial of an application from Robert Avery to rezone an acre in the Residential-25 district to Neighborhood Business.
Avery wanted the land on the west side of Newton Lane to be rezoned so his wife could open a small antiques business. Two neighboring property owners spoke against the idea, saying it didn’t mesh with the residential area and wouldn’t be appropriate for the narrow road.
The Lincolnton City Council will have the final vote on the applications at its June 3 meeting.by Alice Smith

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