October 09, 2017
A Chick-fil-A restaurant is coming to the Golden Gate Plaza, but a little later than first anticipated.
It was believed the construction of the building would start last month and open shortly into the new year. However, the delay in construction was the result of the approval process. The Architectural Board of Review recently met to discuss the plans and unanimously approved the plan to go ahead with construction.
Mannik & Smith landscape architect Jamie Klingman said the company planted nearly 40 new trees around the restaurant. The construction site is currently an asphalt parking lot. The landscape, per the request by the city, has a three-foot high mount that runs parallel with Mayfield Road.
The mound was the city's desire to block motorist's view of cars in the Chick-fil-A drive-through lanes. The lanes become one at the pick-up window.
The present Golden Gate sign, which is located on Mayfield Road, will be replaced by the new multi-tenant sign. A second sign will be located on Marsol road, behind the center.
The restaurant will have 72 parking spaces for its 5,000-square-foot building.
The city also requested that the business dumpster be moved to the southern end of the parking lot, which ensures the evergreen trees will partially block the view.
During the ABR meeting, the board approved TGI Friday's storefront renovation plan. The restaurant, which will be located on the southern side of the shopping center, will have renovation work on the outside as well as the inside.
According to Form Architecture of Pennsylvania Assistant Project Manager Shawn Shaner, the inside of the building will be painted. He said the company started updating the restaurants' looks around four years ago.
The Mayfield Heights look hasn't changed in over 10 years.
Before the restaurant work can begin, it needed to have the right permits in place.
The activity from Chick-fil-A and TGI Friday's is during a time when Golden Gate owners Hornig Capital Group are in the middle of a $4 million upgrade, which involves landscaping and replacing facades of its shopping center. The believed the work would be done by November.