Chick-Fil-A, Panera Bread on Agenda in Stafford

Feb 27, 2019
Photo by: Ryan Morrill The roadwork is in the vicinity of where Chick-Fil-A and Panera Bread are expected to be located.

The Stafford Township Planning Board is expected to hear an application on Chick-fil-A and Panera Bread at its March 6 meeting. The application was carried after township officials cancelled this month’s meeting due to inclement weather.

The two national-chain fast-food businesses are expected to take over the vacant bank/medical office space on the north side of Route 72.

In the meantime, the state DOT is moving ahead with the $8.6-million, federally funded project to provide highway and signal intersection improvements to address congestion as well as safety concerns. The roadwork is in the vicinity of where Chick-Fil-A and Panera Bread are expected to be located.

The improvements are scheduled to include the addition of a 10-foot shoulder in each direction on Route 72 between the Garden State Parkway and the Stafford Square Shopping Center, median widening and new barrier curbs, plus new traffic signals and roadway improvements at two Route 72 intersections – Roosevelt Boulevard and Doc Cramer Boulevard.

In the fall, the state began clearing trees along Route 72 just to the west of KFC, as it prepared to create a new culvert and a revised jughandle circling a water basin from Route 72 westbound to a relocated East Road – slated to move approximately 200 feet east from its current location.

Additionally, two new stormwater basins will be constructed farther down on Route 72 westbound, and West Road will be relocated east from its current location between McDonald’s and Mr. Tire to a new location between Element restaurant and Starboard Plaza. Washington Road, located parallel to Route 72, will end at the new West Road.

The Stafford Township Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of every month, unless otherwise noted, at the municipal building on East Bay Avenue. G.G.S.

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