The Brick Township Planning Board quickly resolved the last remaining issue before Chick-Fil-A would be allowed to begin building its location in the township.
The fast food chain has been long seeking to build a location at 520 Route 70, adjacent to the Lowe's Home Improvement store. The board approved the restaurant's construction in late 2011 but the chain's representatives were required to come in one last time for a discussion on the building's odor control, as required in a resolution approving its construction.
"Chick-Fil-A has about 1,700 restaurants, and none of them have ever had a problem with odor," said Timothy M. Prime, a Mount Laurel-based attorney who represented the restaurant chain before the board.
Prime said the restaurant's kitchen would include hoods over its equipment with state of the art filters. He also said there would be no open flame cooking which would produce exhaust smoke.
"We don't believe it will be a problem," said Prime, who warned further delays could jeopardize the project.
"If this store is not under construction soon, it's not going to make it on this year's build list, and we don't know what would happen after that," he said.
Board attorney Joseph Coronato suggested the board grant the chain administrative approval to begin construction, but stipulate that if there are any odor issues, the board would reserve the right to enforce further regulations.
"At some point of time if there is an odor, the applicant would have to come back within 30 days to address the issue," said Coronato.
The board, after Prime's assurance and advice from Coronato, unanimously approved the project.