Multiple new restaurants and businesses are in the works for the new development area at the northwest corner of Betteravia and Bradley roads.
Chick-fil-A, a quick-service chicken restaurant chain with more than 1,950 locations in 42 states and Washington, D.C., is one of them. Buffalo Wild Wings and Dick's Sporting Goods also have been named in city planning documents, though few details about the specifics of the businesses have been revealed.
Special attention is being paid to the logistics of the drive-thru area for the Chick-fil-A, which will include two ordering stations. City staff expect the restaurant will draw crowds during the lunch hour.
"From a city traffic engineering standpoint, queuing issues are (a) concern to the city if they spill into the city street," according to a city staff report. "If there is an improvement that can be made to the design of the drive-thru for Chick-Fil-A, then the commission should make that part of their recommendation."
The planned development permits for the areas known as Bradley West and Bradley East — which will be home to these new businesses and restaurants and a lot more — will be reviewed by Santa Maria's Planning Commission at a special meeting March 30.
Along with auto dealerships, developers plan to turn the entire 113-acre site into seven zones that would be designated for different uses, such as a park, residential space and possibly a school. The project was approved by the city's Planning Commission and City Council in February and early March.
Many aspects of the project, which is being called one of the largest in city history, will continue to go before the two governing bodies for approval.
Tenants for the new Enos Ranchos development area also will include a new Costco and Lowe's Home Improvement. The rest of the businesses and restaurants have yet to be announced.