Chick-fil-A location an active construction site

The new Chick-fil-A restaurant at 1311 Mebane Oaks Road has sprouted up quickly over the last couple of weeks, emerging from a wooded forest in late winter to the site of the latest fast food restaurant to land in this busy part of Mebane. The new Chick-fil-A will be surrounded by Wendy’s, Arby’s, Taco Bell, Zaxby’s, and Cook Out on this freeway corridor exit. 

As part of the Consent Agenda at the Mebane City Council’s April meeting, the elected board considered a petition requesting voluntary contiguous annexation from Hendon Tiller Mebane, LLC for the property at 1311 Mebane Oaks Road that is to become the town’s new Chick-fil-A restaurant. 

Mebane’s City Council unanimously accepted the voluntary contiguous annexation petition for the 2.59 acre Chick-fil-A property, which lies across Mebane Oaks Road from Taco Bell and Arby’s. The new Chick-fil-A will sit beside Wendy’s as part of a new fast food corridor in this increasingly busy part of town, which sits along one of Mebane’s three freeway exits along I-40/I-85. 

With the acceptance of the petition for the voluntary contiguous annexation, which will formally place the new Chick-fil-A restaurant within Mebane’s city limits, the City of Mebane adopted a resolution setting a date of public hearing for the City Council’s May 6 meeting. 

Assuming nothing goes out of order at that public hearing, the City Council will clear this key legislative hurdle, and make the restaurant property officially a part of Mebane just as the Chick-fil-A rapidly goes up.

Over the past month, the Chick-fil-A site has gone from a heavily-wooded forest area along the road into an active construction site. It took approximately a month for workers to clear the land, grade the land, pour the foundation, lay the plumbing, construct the shell of the building, and begin to put plywood on the exterior of the building. 

The next steps include completing the exterior of the building, outfitting the interior with the necessary restaurant equipment and seating/serving areas, and pouring the asphalt for the parking lot. 

The new Mebane Chick-fil-A is expected to begin serving its first customers sometime this summer. The property will be added to the ad valorem tax base for Mebane once the property is annexed, which will come following the public hearing and the City Council’s final acceptance of the annexation request on May 6. 

“Someone needs 2.59 acres to make chicken sandwiches. I don’t know who it could be,” Mebane City Manager David Cheek joked. “If you haven’t been down there (to the site), the plumbing is coming out of the ground.”

“That’s the best-kept secret ever,” Mayor Pro Tem Ed Hooks added.  

Nichols Dodge awarded bids for Mebane Police vehicles

The Consent Agenda at the April 1 City Council meeting also included an Award of Bid for the purchase of five new vehicles for the Mebane Police Department. Notice was posted on March 11 in the Mebane Enterprise and on the City of Mebane’s website that the City was accepting bids for the police vehicles through 3:00 p.m. on March 21. 

According to the City Council’s informational packet, there were two “very close” bids for the police vehicles, with the low bid coming in from Nichols Dodge at a price of $166,130 - or $33,226 per vehicle for five vehicles. 

The Mebane Police Department included the purchase of the five police vehicles this fiscal year, and there is budget available in the Police Department budget for the purchase. A lease purchase agreement from First Bank was approved by the City Council at its March meeting. 

According to city officials, the low bid from Nichols Dodge’s that Mebane received for the police vehicles is lower than the state contract price. 

Summerhaven application withdrawn; Havenstone Phase II approved

In local real estate news, Desco Holdings withdrew its application to the Mebane City Council for a residential cluster subdivision that was to be known as “Summerhaven.” 

Desco Holdings had pushed back its presentation before the Mebane City Council multiple times since getting approved for recommendation to city leaders by the Mebane Planning Board during the fall. 

“I guess they’ll start all over with their process, if in fact they do anything,” Mayor Glendel Stephenson said in regards to the Summerhaven development. 

Also at the April City Council meeting, the town’s leadership unanimously accepted an ordinance to extend the corporate city limits for 28.47 acres along Lebanon Road for Phase II of the Havenstone subdivision. 

At the City Council’s March session, the elected board accepted a petition for voluntary non-contiguous annexation from Franklin Legacy, LLC, the developers of Havenstone. They set the public hearing for April 1, at which no public speakers spoke against the development. 

City leaders accepted the ordinance to extend the corporate city limits, accepting that the proposed Phase II of Havenstone is consistent with the zoning decision that was made earlier on this property for Phase I, which was formally accepted by the City Council in January. 

“This (phase) will be coming into the city limits to allow water and sewer, which will run along Lebanon Road,” City Manager Cheek said.