The DeKalb County Zoning Board of Appeals has approved Zaxby's request for variances, or exceptions, to the Greater Hidden Hills Overlay District.
The restaurant, working with the surrounding neighborhoods, is also making changes to its streetscape design, said Jan Costello, coordinator of the overlay district committee.
The code in the Greater Hidden Hills Overlay District calls for buildings to be no more than 20 feet from the street. Zaxby's asked that its location be 67.5 feet from the street to make room for the drive-through and handicapped parking.
Daryl Cook, president of Watts & Browning Engineers Inc., said through e-mail correspondence that the existing sidewalk in front of the property will be removed to allow for a 5 foot landscape strip. Crews will pour a new 5 foot sidewalk behind the landscaping, and then landscape/plant the area behind the sidewalk to the existing parking on the property
Demolition of the existing building on the property site, a former Dairy Queen, is expected to begin in a few weeks followed by construction of the new Zaxby's after, Cook said through e-mail correspondence. The restaurant owner also agreed to specific plantings in certain areas for selective screening areas.
The restaurant could possibly open early next year or sooner, Cook said.
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