Temple City Council

The flood of restaurants popping up in West Temple is set to continue as the Temple City Council approved the first reading of a site plan Thursday for an Arby’s restaurant and a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen on West Adams Avenue.

The restaurants will be located in front of Holy Trinity Catholic High School and west of Brooks Drive.

Thursday’s vote was made necessary when residents last year expressed concerns about having a fast-food restaurant next door. When the City Council approved a rezoning for the property last March, it came with the stipulation that a future site plan must be approved before development begins.

City Planner Mark Baker said several measures have been taken to limit the impact the restaurants have on homes to the east.

“The applicant is proposing a 5-foot landscaping strip containing trees and shrubs,” Baker said. “In addition, an 8-foot wall along approximately 258 feet of the eastern property line is proposed.”

Both buildings will be set back about 75 feet from West Adams Avenue and 75 feet from the eastern property line.

Real estate broker Mike Beevers of DB Commercial Real Estate said earlier this week that such restaurants typically carry about $1 million worth of investments. He expects each of them to create 20 to 25 jobs.

The two fast-food chains will join McDonald’s, Whataburger, Burger King and Taco Bell restaurants that recently opened in the area.

It will be the city’s second Arby’s location, joining the restaurant at 31st Street and West Adams Avenue. Popeyes once had a restaurant at 1521 Southwest HK Dodgen Loop, but it closed more than a decade ago.

The item will have to be approved once more during a second reading at the June 7 meeting.