Road clear for Upstate New York's first Chick-fil-A

GREECE, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - The Greece Town Board in suburban Rochester has approved a rezoning and special use permit for Chick-fil-A, paving the way for Upstate New York's first location. 

The board approved a rezoning of the lot at West Ridge and Standish roads for commercial use. They also approved a proposal for the restaurant. 

The restaurant would be 50,000 sq. ft. and would have a drive-thru, and would bring an estimated 80 new jobs to suburban Rochester.

At the meeting, die-hard fans showed up - some with props - to show their support for the southern fast food chain.

One woman said she'd been waiting for this for years.

"I actually wrote to them a year ago and said, 'Please come to Rochester, New York!'" said Anne LeBlanc. "They sent me back a letter that said, 'We are investigating, thank you very much for your input.'"

But some say they're worried about the traffic, as the proposed site is across from the already bustling Mall at Greece Ridge.

"I have three school-aged children," said Shonda Nash, who lives next door to the site. "The influx of traffic is going to be totally unbearable for us."

Town Supervisor Bill Reilich says he believes a Chick-fil-A will be good for Greece.

"I'm supportive of all businesses that bring jobs," he said. "It contributes to the tax base and provides good opportunities for jobs."

Another meeting will be scheduled once Chick-fil-A has a presentation to present to the Greece Town Planning Board. A date has not yet been set. 

Chick-fil-A currently has over 2,000 stores in 46 states. If a location opened in Greece, it would be the first one in state outside of the New York City area.

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