continued The town has already discussed these terms with the developer before the meeting and both sides appear to have reached an agreement.
“We are excited to see this happen,” Carr said.
Spina said Panera is looking to submit an application to the town by the end of August to secure a building permit. Construction on Panera is planned to proceed during the upcoming winter, similar to Target, which received an unusually fair winter.
“They did get pretty lucky,” Spina said. “(Panera) is hoping to get the building permit before we come back here on (Sept. 10), so I don’t know if that is a stretch.”
The developer must secure a variance to construct the restaurant’s drive-thru closer to the property line than permitted and to remove some trees from the site plan, with decorative grass or smaller shrubbery planted instead.
Carr said the town is in support of the project and is seeking to proceed as “expeditiously” as possible.