As if Albany needed more fast-food restaurant franchises, it may get another one on 14th Avenue S.E., on the south side of Heritage Mall.
The city’s Community Development Department has been reviewing the site plan for a 2,315-square-foot Chipotle drive-through restaurant at 1895 14th Ave. S.E. The city posted the request on its website of planning projects on June 7.
The tentative plan shows the one-story building across the mall entrance east of the Red Robin restaurant. The building would be surrounded by the lane to the drive-up window. The lane is shown to have space for nine vehicles.
The plan also shows 19 parking spaces, one more than required, so presumably there will be inside seating as well.
A decision on the site plan will be made by the planning staff, probably within a few weeks. They’ll also decide on an application to create a separate lot for the restaurant. Now the site is part of the mall, owned by a corporation based in Great Neck, N.Y.
When and if and the restaurant is built once the land-use approvals are secured will be up to the applicant or eventual owner of the new lot. Now the site is occupied by a temporary nursery business. (hh)