Culver’s restaurant coming to Spring Hill


Culver’s restaurant coming to Spring Hill

The site plan for a new Culver’s restaurant in Spring Hill was approved by the Spring Hill Planning Commission on Monday night.

The site plan for a new Culver’s restaurant in Spring Hill was approved by the Spring Hill Planning Commission on Monday night.

The fast casual restaurant chain, known for its ButterBurgers, cheese curds and frozen custard, is set to be located at 3016 Bellshire Village Drive, near the Sudsy’s Car Wash off of Main Street.

Commissioners expressed some concerns about the restaurant planners’ move to skip the optional sketch plat submission. Alderman Jonathan Duda remarked on how the 10 conditions of approval from planning staff and five from engineering staff indicated a sketch plat should have been done.

In the staff report, the city planning department recommended the applicant modify the eastern part of the building facing Main Street to improve the visual aesthetic of the wall as a condition of approval. City Planner Dara Sanders cited staff’s condition for the applicant to anchor and install bike racks as the first implementation of the new bike rack ordinance in a site plan.

Prior to the commission’s vote, Duda said he was going to abstain because of the placement of the restaurant’s dumpster. Sanders said the applicant is proposing to screen the dumpster with a brick wall.

“I don’t think that the placement of a food service dumpster along Main Street is a good idea,” he said. “And that is reflection of the placement, of the siting of the property. And I don’t object to Culver’s.”

Paul Downing, commission chairman, agreed with Duda, adding the lack of a work session may have helped to work some of the issues brought up in Monday’s discussion.

“I should have brought up some of these comments in earlier review of this today, and I kind of felt the same way,” Downing said. “You know, we have a dumpster right along 31, we have frontage that’s kind of sideways in comparison to what everything else is. Here we are with an item without a work session, and it’s unfortunate.”

The planning commission voted 5-1 in favor of approving the site plan, with one abstention.

Quint Qualls covers Spring Hill for Home Page Media Group. Reach him at quint@springhillhomepage.com.

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