by Alan McArthur
A site plan for a new Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) was approved on Monday by the Platte City Planning and Zoning Commission.
The new KFC restaurant will be located south of the former Wendy's in the Platte Valley Plaza along Running Horse Road. The KFC will be one of the first in the country to have an inside playground at the restaurant.
On Monday, the commission approved the plan after the architect made changes. The approved plan allows customers to enter the parking lot from Running Horse, but not exit onto the road. Vehicles can also enter and leave from the access road between Sonic and Wendy's, which will be extended to the south.
According to Patrick Coulter, architect with McCluggage Van Sickle & Perry, the designers tried to incorporate all of the traffic issues brought up by the commission into the plan. The plan eliminated an exit onto Running Horse Road.
John Jacobson, Yum Brands director of construction, said they hope to begin construction on the new KFC by mid-November depending on when building permits are issued. According to Jacobson, the construction is expected to last about 90 days if the weather is mild.
The current KFC operation in the ConocoPhillips gas station will close and move to the new location when it is finished, said Jacobson. The builder also plans to apply for a pylon sign to be placed on the property as well.
The commission also approved a site plan for an addition to the BankLiberty along 92 Highway.
The new portion of the bank will add two new offices and an additional vault to the building. The new portion will be added to the west side of the building and several features will be reconfigured.
Some of the parking spaces along the west side of the building will be removed, but the main entrance to the bank will not move. According to the site plan, there will also be a new remote teller unit and the ATM will be moved to be along the building.
Doug Schulte, commission member, said the expansion is because the bank is moving employees from the Farley State Bank to BankLiberty. Farley State Bank is merging with BankLiberty.
The commission approved the site plan with a vote of 5-0 with three members absent.