Cambria approves KFC plans

EBENSBURG — Fried chicken may soon be on the menu for Cambria Township residents, after supervisors on Wednesday approved plans for fast food construction in a growing commercial development.

At an evening meeting, Dan Andres, an EADS Group engineer, presented plans for the construction of a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in the Ebensburg Commons development near the intersection of Route 22 and Beulah Road.

The building will be

2,444 square feet, with seating for 42 diners, Andres said. It also will include drive thru and bypass lanes, both one-way, he said, adding that 31 parking spaces will surround the building.

According to plans on display in the meeting room, the KFC will be constructed at the western end of the development.

Those plans also showed that an additional right-in-right-out entrance will be constructed off of Route 22, heading into the development. There are already two entrances into the development — one off of Beulah Road and another farther east along Route 22.

Township engineer Jack Schaffer of CPS Surveys Inc. said the restaurant’s construction will be considered the third phase in the four-phase development of the Ebensburg Commons.

The first phase included the construction of an Aldi grocery store across Beulah Road from an existing GetGo convenience store.

West of the Aldi, two buildings are under construction. The first will be a Taco Bell restaurant, and the second will be a retail store, with an attached Starbucks coffee shop, according to plans.

Those buildings, which are considered the development’s second phase, are expected to be complete by the end of the year, though weather has not been favorable for construction, Schaffer said.

“This has been one of the wettest springs and early summers we’ve had,” he said.

Construction of the KFC could begin as early as August, and it likely will be complete by the end of the year, Andres said.

Even farther west, there is a remaining lot that is still open for development as part of the Ebensburg Commons.

Developers previously expressed interest in including a hotel, restaurant or retail store on the space, Schaffer said.

Plans for the KFC were approved, with a few contingencies, by the township Planning Commission at a meeting last week,

Schaffer said.

Those contingencies were few, supervisors’ Chairman Tim Bracken said.

“The list is short,” he said.

Before the KFC plans were voted on, Supervisor Robert Shook asked if there were plans to link the Ebensburg Commons with a road to another nearby shopping plaza, which includes a Giant Eagle grocery store.

Schaffer said that was not likely because the Giant Eagle and the Aldi are competing grocery stores.

Supervisors eventually voted unanimously to approve the KFC plans, with the previously discussed contingencies.