Plan Commission of the plan “proud of” non-traditional site plan

OSHKOSH – The City’s Fried Chicken Fans – and there is a lot of – may soon have another option as plans progressed Tuesday night for a Popeyes Louisiana kitchen on Oshkosh Avenue.

After two workshops and changes to the original plan, the Oshkosh Plan Commission recommended approval from Arizona-based SmitCo Eateries Inc. to open the restaurant in the 1700 block of Oshkosh Avenue. The plan is now submitted to city council for approval.

Newly elected commission chair John Hinz praised the applicant’s ability to address the commission’s concerns and make changes based on their conversations.

“They set a standard for everyone who follows them,” Hinz said. “The feedback has turned out to be something we can all be proud of.”

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SmitCo Eateries owner Mark Rodriguez, who will own this Popeyes location, worked with Excel Engineering in Fond du Lac to adjust plans after the commission raised concerns at an April 6 meeting on the location and aesthetics.

Following a workshop, the team developed a new site plan that divided the plot, moving Popeyes from the proposed corner location to an indoor location on the lot.

The new plan removes a front entry point and places two lot entrances to the rear of the property, adjacent to Oshkosh Avenue. It also includes an outdoor patio between the front of the building and the drive-thru as well as landscaping that will protect the drive-thru lane from traffic on Oshkosh Avenue.

“I have a general contempt for visible drive-thru,” said Thomas Perry, Member of the Commission. “(But) they did everything we asked them to do. I really appreciate them working with us.”

The new plan meets city standards for the location near the new Lakeshore Park and the Growth Zone. It is also a short walk from the traditional Popeyes restaurant.

“This is not a typical Popeyes prototype building and improvements have been made to meet or exceed the city’s design standards,” according to the engineer’s project account.

Although many residents can still mourn the lack of KFC, this proposal puts forward two possible options of fried chicken. The first in town Chick-fil-A open in january.

Contact Katy Macek at [email protected] or 920-426-6658. Follow her on Twitter @KatherineMacek.

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