A shrinking market for office space but an apparent public desire for healthier eating on the go could change original plans for the Village Green complex south of Forest Hill Boulevard.
The village council on Tuesday preliminarily approved changes that would allow for a restaurant on the site at the northwest corner of Stribling Way and State Road 7. The approval also would change the minimum square footage for office space from 46,000 square feet to 31,000 square feet.
Vice Mayor Howard Coates dissented, but said the developers could perhaps later convince him of the merit of bringing a restaurant there.
“My concern is we’re being asked to sacrifice that long-term vision … for short-term economic cycles,” Coates said.
Tuesday’s approval transmits the request to state planners for review before coming back to the council for adoption.
The planned restaurant, called PDQ, would not be a full-service dining establishment.
“My concern is it’s fast food with a drive-through,” Councilman Matt Willhite said. “I feel like we’re giving up.”
Several PDQ locations are in Tampa, with one in Fort Lauderdale, developers said. They serve healthy fare, such as chicken and salads, they said.
“It’s not another fast-food restaurant,” Mayor Bob Margolis said. “This is going to be healthy eating. This is just a unique opportunity we can’t really turn down.”