Chick-fil-A withdraws application for Stamford location

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The American fast food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A has withdrawn its application to open a location in Stamford after city officials and some residents cited traffic as a deterrent.

The attorney representing Chick-fil-A and the location’s developer said Tuesday that they were withdrawing their applications immediately in a very brief letter to the city.

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The new location would have replaced the vacant Bank of America at 66 High Ridge Road on a busy span near a CVS pharmacy and Lord and Taylor, across the street from Coalhouse Pizza.

There have been several public hearings on the planned Chick-fil-A over the past several months, some of which were heated with controversy. Many residents who live in the area say the location is already congested and that adding a drive-thru would just make it worse.

Land Use Bureau Chief Ralph G. Blessing says that Chick-fil-A hired an outside traffic consultant, who reported that traffic there would be manageable. He says that the fast food chain even offered to pay the city to hire their own traffic consultant, but the Zoning Board declined, saying they trust the city's traffic engineers who say the area is already too congested.

The city says Chick-fil-A could explore other locations in the city or try to open the restaurant in the same spot without a drive-thru.

It isn’t clear just yet if the chain will reapply for either of those options.

News 12 Connecticut has reached out Chick-fil-A for comment, but has not yet heard back.

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