Early risers and night owls will be happy to learn that they will no long have to suffer the need of “two Adam and Eve wrecked, chunked, peppered and diced on a raft with country,” because Waffle House appears to be headed to Iron Bridge Road just opposite the Watertower Shopping Center. The Gwinnett County, Ga., based company is currently going through the site plan process, which is an administrative function of the county’s planning department.
The parcel Waffle House plans to use is just a small piece of an overall development that was zoned years ago, so there’s no requirement for a public hearing, according to Beth Sykes, a planner with the Chesterfield County Planning Department.
At this stage of the site plan review process, there have not been any architectural plans submitted, Sykes said, so the restaurant could look similar to any of the other Waffle House establishments.
“Well, it’s not in any corridor that has any additional overlay or architectural standards,” Sykes said. It would be under the emerging growth section of the ordinance, which has standards that each building façade should be similar in quality. “They will submit elevations as part of the site plan process. I imagine it’s going to look like most Waffle Houses,” she said.
The project is in the early stages and Sykes said it was difficult to say when construction would start. As far as comments from the public, she said she hadn’t had any.
“I haven’t had any inquiries … except people who want to eat there,” she said. Some people have stopped her in the hall and asked her when it will be open, she said.
Waffle House was founded in 1955 and in 2006 opened its 1,500th location.
Less than a mile east of the Waffle House project on Iron Bridge Road, Currin & Associates is working on the fourth building in a complex that began a few years ago when Sonny Currin built a new building for his own RX3 Pharmacy. Currin followed that project by selling property for a building to Goodwill Industries that replaced a leased building on the same property, and then selling another parcel for a Firestone tire service center. The fourth building, currently under construction, will house a women’s center, which will offer health services for women.
Part of the almost 12,000-square-foot office building will house the offices of Dr. Linda Brown, an HCA-affiliated physician whose specialty is obstetrics and gynecology. Her offices are currently located on Iron Bridge Road just west of Chester village. The women’s center building, being constructed by Fas Trac General Contractors, Inc., will complete Currin’s complex just east of Chalkley Road. Currin said he expected it to be completed in early spring.