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Like the Baconator and a Frosty? A Wendy’s fast food restaurant is being planned for the site of a former garden center in New Haven's Amity commercial district.
The City Plan Commission approved the site plan for the restaurant, which is slated to open at 129 Amity Road, at its meeting on Wednesday.
The property had been home to Perrotti’s Garden Center, a family-run business for more than five decades, but the site is currently vacant. It is across from a Stop & Shop Supermarket plaza and near the entrance to Route 15.
The owner, 129 Amity Rd. LLC, whose principal is listed as Glen Greenberg, purchased the property in August 2018 from the Perrotti family for $800,000.
The site still has vacant buildings on it, including a house and former garden center structure.
Meritage Hospitality Group LLC, the company behind the Wendy’s brand and other restaurant chains, plans to raze the current buildings and construct a new 2,584-square-foot Wendy’s restaurant with a drive-through, along with associated landscaping and improvements.
Jeff Bord, project manager with Bohler Engineering, who represents Meritage in the application, said this week, “We are happy with the outcome and that [the commission] thinks it will fit in with the city.”
Wendy’s’ website lists one current location in New Haven, at 75 Whalley Ave.
The new restaurant would be open from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily, with a maximum of 12 employees per shift, according to the application, which is on file at City Hall. The company plans to have a parking lot that can accommodate 26 vehicles.
The entrance and exit to the new Wendy’s site is across the street from the driveway of a Stop & Shop supermarket. The Wendy’s project still needs to be reviewed by the state Department of Transportation, because of the property’s proximity to Route 15. According to Bord, while there is an existing traffic signal at the property, state officials need to review and approve the light sequence to ensure safe traffic flow.
Once the developer secures all necessary approvals and permits, Bord said construction will likely take another six months to complete.
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