Wendy’s approved by Planning and Zoning

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By Tris DeRoma

The company behind getting a Wendy’s into Los Alamos cleared its first hurdle Wednesday. 

The Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission voted 6-0 in favor of allowing the company, JEA Restaurants and Wen Acquisitions to build a Wendy’s fast food restaurant at 1247 Trinity Drive. 

The project’s next step is to get the approval of Los Alamos County Council. 

If all goes according to plan, the restaurant could be operating by the beginning of next year, according to the project’s architect, Craig Calvert, of Modulus Architects. 

At the meeting, commissioners asked the Calvert if he believed the project will have enough parking spaces to accommodate a maximum of 50 customers. 

The restaurant plans  to have accommodations for 30 customers inside and about 20 customers outside on a patio. 

“As far as parking goes, I believe we do exceed the one per 100 square-foot rule… I believe we were required to have 18 based on the usable area and we’ve got 26. I believe that parking should be an issue… particularly due to the size of this restaurant,” Calvert said. 

“It has approximately 30 seats inside and 20 seats on the patio. I believe our parking will work without any issues.”

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