Letter to the Editor: Opposition to Chick-fil-A on El Camino at Clark Avenue

Residents organize in advance of the City Council session on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Just wanted to inform your publication that residents of the Gemello (Mountain View) and Eastender (Los Altos) neighborhoods have rallied to be heard by the Mountain View City Council in support of the two appeals that have been filed against the zoning administrator's approval of the drive-through conditional use permit (CUP), a zoning exception recommended by the Mtn. View planning department.   

Residents of these neighborhoods seem to be overwhelmingly against a high-volume, drive-through, fast-food restaurant that will surely bring much traffic through their quiet neighborhood streets, including Clark, Distel, Casita and Jardin, as chicken-seeking motorists cut through to Clark Avenue from El Monte and as LAHS students hurry back to school at lunchtime via Distel Drive. 

The Chick-fil-A drive-through plans include the destruction of several trees. This alteration of the landscape, in addition to the increased traffic, litter, and fried-chicken odors, signal a diminished quality of life and lower home values for these households.

Images of long lines of cars at the recently opened San Jose Chick-fil-A have alarmed Mountain View and Los Altos residents, who understand that many of the  “60 cars per hour at peak times,” (projected by Chick-fil-A), will drive through local neighborhoods.

The magnitude of the disruption is clearly illustrated by the attached picture taken just a few days ago, at the San Jose Chick-fil-A. Can you see the end of the line of cars queued up to buy fried chicken?

Noone October 15, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I think that with the number of drive thru's already lining El Camino Real. The city can absolutely do without the poposed Chick-fil-a or any drive thru at this location, formerly Sizzler. It represents a drastic change in usage from a "family sit down restraunt" to high volume fast food drive thru with the attendant increase in noise and traffic issues. Because of traffic patterns I'd get the cold sweats turning onto Ei Camino (*always* going right after dark) back when it was Sizzler. I'd expect to see an increase in accidents, both entering and leaving the property should it secure (ill advised IMHO) approval.
Claudia Cruz (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Thanks for your comment Noone. There are some people who argue that drive-thrus actually help the elderly and mom's so that they don't have to get out of their cars. What do you think?
David October 16, 2012 at 03:07 AM
This drive through is different from all of the others. If you look, you will see that the others are all either inside a shopping center or on a corner where two streets intersect (or in the case of in and out between two parallel streets, much the same effect. This provides a buffer for the case of a backup occurring in those waiting for the drive through window. El Camino needs all 3 of its lanes and for a private business to engage in an enterprise which results in a line of cars waiting on El Camino Real for its drive up window is NOT ACCEPTABLE.


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