As expected when a big sign went up in the spring, the Albany Planning Division has now received a site plan for the construction of a Panera Bread Café.
The restaurant is to be built at 320 Airport Road S.E., where the vacant building housing the former Tom Tom Restaurant was demolished in December 2012.
The plans submitted to the city by Panera’s architects, from Grand Rapids, Mich., show the proposed Panera building along with a drive-through, landscaping and 46 new parking spaces.
As usual, the city mailed a notice of the plans to property owners within 300 feet. The application will be reviewed by the planning staff. The property is zoned for regional commercial use, and approval by the planning commission won’t be needed.
The application had been expected since at least April, when the city issued a sign permit for the property. When the sign went up, it announced that Panera would be open there in the spring of 2019. A story to that effect appeared here on June 10. (hh)