JP Morgan Chase hopes to build a bank branch with two drive-through lanes at the site of a Wendy’s restaurant on the east side of U.S. 1 just south of PGA Boulevard.
The city council Tuesday will consider the bank company’s request to rezone the 0.8-acre site and a request for seven waivers to the city code that would allow the proposed 3,450-square-foot bank building to replace the existing 2,806-square-foot Wendy’s.
Managers of neighboring businesses said they would be sad to see the Wendy’s torn down if the bank’s development plan is approved.
Francisco Farkas, general manager of the Best Western Plus Windsor Gardens Hotel & Suites just south of the Wendy’s, said guests and employees of the 77-room hotel find having the restaurant next door very convenient.
“It’s a shame,” Farkas said. “But business is business.”
David Kauss, co-owner of the Pelican Car Wash just north of the Wendy’s, said the property at 11340 U.S. 1 has been occupied by several restaurants through the years, including two Wendy’s, a Miami Subs and a Wuv’s.
Kauss said it would be a shame for the relatively new Wendy’s building to be torn down. But he expects the bank to attract customers to his car wash and other businesses in the Pelican Plaza shopping center.
Even though the bank would be a larger building, it would have 14 fewer parking spaces than Wendy’s, as proposed.
The bank’s proposal calls for modifying the driveway connection to U.S. 1 to accommodate the new building. The orientation of the building is expected to obscure most of the view of the bank’s drive-through canopy from U.S. 1.
The bank is expected to generate less traffic than the fast-food restaurant — 271 trips a day compared with 624 trips a day for Wendy’s, according to a traffic analysis by Land Design South.
JP Morgan Chase has asked for a waiver that would reduce the landscape buffer along the rear of the property from 15 feet to 9.25 feet. The east side of the property abuts the Twelve Oaks community in North Palm Beach.
The city’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals board unanimously recommended approval of the bank’s development plan on Aug. 13.