Hearing on Mexican restaurant goes nowhere
HERSHEY - A public hearing on a proposal to build a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant In the 200 block of West Chocolate Avenue was continued for a second time Wednesday night.
Derry Township's Zoning Hearing Board granted restaurant representatives a continuance of the hearing until its April 17 meeting at 6 p.m. The representatives submitted a letter with their request to the board prior to the meeting. A township official said the company had a witness that could not make Wednesday night's meeting.
The Hershey Trust Co. purchased several adjacent properties - 202, 206, 208, 212 and 214 W. Chocolate Ave. - in downtown Hershey that it is proposing to combine into a 1.5-acre lot for the restaurant. The company is seeking three variances and plans to sell the property to a third party, provided the development is approved. The variances, including a use variance, would allow the restaurant to be built on the site.
Under the township's zoning regulations, fast-food restaurants are not permitted.
A majority of residents who spoke at last month's meeting opposed the construction of the restaurant. because they are concerned about the increased traffic this type of restaurant would bring, among other issues.
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After January's three-hour meeting, the board continued the meeting to this month to provide more time for public comment and for the Hershey Co. and restaurant representatives to prepare a rebuttal.