KFC corporate reps to attend meeting on proposed store March 30

       A neighborhood meeting on the proposed Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and A&W restaurant at 31st Street and Colorado Avenue is scheduled for Wednesday night, March 30.
       The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the West Intergenerational Center, 25 N. 20th St. Present will be representatives of Harman Management Corp., which owns KFC; and Colorado Springs Planning.
       The public is invited to come to the meeting and offer comments.
       At issue are the possible neighborhood impacts of the new store, which would replace the existing KFC with a KFC/A&W restaurant at the same location at the east end of the Red Rock shopping center. Questions have been raised about signage, lighting, traffic and compatibility with nearby historical homes.
       The development plan calls for a roughly 10 percent larger store, with upgraded landscaping and two 40-foot-tall signs (the maximum allowable) on poles outside the restaurant. Claiming safety issues, the city has asked KFC to give up the nearest driveway to the store on Colorado Avenue and to pay for widening the eastbound right lane in front of the property. A Midland Trail link along Fountain creek is also requested.

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