A former Burger King building located between Front Street and Rocky River Drive in Berea will be demolished to accommodate a new Tim Hortons Café and Bake Shop.
The Berea Planning Commission approved the demolition, as well as the new restaurant’s site plan, at its meeting Thursday (May 19). Multiple architectural, sign and parking variances also received commission approval. The restaurant includes a drive-thru.
After a city-required 20-day waiting period, construction of the 1,600-square-foot Tim Hortons structure (the Burger King was nearly twice that size) could begin 90 days thereafter, according to Tim Hortons agent Mark Zelnik of Zelnik Consulting.
A possible grand opening is anticipated by the end of the year.
“It’s a very unique and difficult site because of the angle of the roads,” Zelnik told the commission. “We will try to be respectful with using less of the site and less impervious surface, and adding a little more green space.
“Because we’re using a double drive-thru, we have to put the parking closer to the setback area,” he added.
Initial hours of operation are slated to be 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Those hours, however, will be dependent on the business market and timing of customer sales, which could result in an earlier closing time, Zelnik said.
Planning Commission Chairman Matt Madzy praised the project’s landscaping plan.
“Your landscape architect did a really nice job,” Madzy said. “This design was laid out very well.”
Once ground is broken, Zelnik indicated construction will take approximately 120 days.
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Originally published by Beth Mlady with Cleveland.com.