2017-09-13 / News

Sandusky Taco Bell may open in spring

Site plans filed with city
BY STEVEN KOVAC
810-452-2684 • skovac@mihomepaper.com

Preliminary site plans have been filed at city hall revealing more information about the Taco Bell restaurant coming to Sandusky.

According to City Manager Dave Faber, the owner of the Sandusky franchise is Jim Sata.

“Mr. Sata owns Taco Bell franchises in Port Huron and Wadhams,” said Faber.

“The Sandusky restaurant building is expected to be about 2,300 square feet. There is a dining room, plus outdoor seating out front, and a drive-thru. But these plans are preliminary and may be subject to change.”

Faber said the facility could employ about 45 workers, some full-time and some part-time.

“I think it’s great for Sandusky,” said Faber. “It’s one of a number of great things that are happening here. With that comes a renewed sense of pride in the city, an uplift in morale.”

Faber thinks Taco Bell will do well in Sandusky.

“Since the mini-Taco Bell in the gas station closed up some years ago, people have expressed how much they miss it. It is one of the things our citizens would like to see back.”

The next step for the project is to have final site plans submitted to the planning commission for review, said Faber.

He said zoning variances will be needed for the Taco Bell sign, but he won’t know about other possible variances until the final plans are filed.

“My hope is within the month they will be submitting plans,” said Faber. “No meeting (of the planning commission) has been set as of this time but the city will work with them to facilitate meeting dates.”

Faber said construction is likely to begin before winter and be completed in the early spring of 2018.

The Mexican food eatery will be built on seven acres on the north side of West Sanilac Avenue (M-46), west of Gates Road, between Exchange State Bank and TNT Equipment. The land was purchased last month.

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