Applebee’s site plan clears Queen Creek P&Z, will be on March 16 council agenda

The site plan for a 5,250-square-foot Applebee’s restaurant in the Queen Creek Marketplace was approved Feb. 11 by the Queen Creek Planning and Zoning Commission. It will be discussed further at the Queen Creek Town Council’s March 16 meeting. The above artist’s rendering of the BRR Architecture design was included in the commissioners’ meeting packet. (Courtesy of town of Queen Creek)

The site plan for a 5,250-square-foot Applebee’s restaurant in the Queen Creek Marketplace was approved Feb. 11 by the Queen Creek Planning and Zoning Commission. It will be discussed further at the Queen Creek Town Council’s March 16 meeting. The above artist’s rendering of the BRR Architecture design was included in the commissioners’ meeting packet. (Courtesy of town of Queen Creek)

 
Applebee’s is one step closer to being built in Queen Creek.

The Queen Creek Planning and Zoning commission voted 5-0 to recommend approval of a site plan for the restaurant during its Feb. 10 regular meeting at the Queen Creek Town Hall.

Voting their approval of the plan were Chairman Steve Ingram, Vice Chairman Alex Matheson and commissioners Gregory Arrington, Steve Sossaman and Chris Webb. Commissioners Shaine Alleman and Nichelle Williams were absent.

There were no public comments during the public hearing portion of the meeting.

Applebee’s will be constructed in the Queen Creek Marketplace west of the northwest corner of Ellsworth Loop and Rittenhouse roads and just west of the existing In-N-Out Burger restaurant in the marketplace, according to documents in the meeting packet.

Phoenix-based Kimley-Horn developed the preliminary site plan. Phoenix-based BRR Architecture is the architect.
The site plan includes a free-standing 5,250-square-foot restaurant on a 0.83-acre parcel. The site includes a 700-square-foot outdoor, covered patio dining area, according to the packet.

It will seat about 190 patrons and employ about 75-100 full- and part-time employees, Patrick Lenow, vice president of communications and public affairs for DineEquity, Inc., said in an e-mailed response to questions.

Mr. Lenow said he expected the restaurant to be open by late summer.

The exterior will feature stone veneer at the entrance and a standing seam metal roof, according to the elevations included in the meeting packet. Building material colors are listed on the elevations as low gloss tundra, Roycroft Tundra, Roycroft Beige, Antiquarian Brown and Roycroft Pewter.

“I think they’ve done a nice job of using all those elements to make it look nice,” Mr. Sossaman said.

The commissioners approved the planning staff’s recommendations that site signage be subject to a separate permit and that it complies with the town’s Zoning Ordinance and Queen Creek Marketplace design guidelines; and that roof mechanical and heating and air-conditioning equipment not be visible from any surrounding properties or from the adjacent street.

Other site improvements, including parking, site access and perimeter landscaping were approved by the Queen Creek Town Council in April 2006 and constructed during the original development of the marketplace, according to the packet.

The site plan will be placed on the town council’s March 16 meeting agenda, Constance Halonen-Wilson, the town’s public information officer, said in an e-mailed response to questions. The council may approve the site plan at that time, Ms. Halonen-Wilson said.

The Queen Creek Planning and Zoning Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Queen Creek Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road. Study Sessions (if scheduled) are held at 6 p.m., and regular meetings are held at 7 p.m. The meetings are live streamed and recorded online.

The Queen Creek Town Council meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the town hall.

Public hearings are not held before 7 p.m. The meetings are live streamed and recorded online.

For more information, visit the town’s website or call 480-358-3000.

 

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