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Long-awaited questions about what will fill a vacancy at the Carlisle Commons shopping center on the south side of the Borough of Carlisle may finally have an answer — or two answers.

Frederick, Seibert & Associates, Inc., will present a land development plan to the Carlisle Planning Commission tonight to build a Chick-fil-A restaurant at the location.

The goal of the plan will be to build a new Chick-fil-A restaurant at the intersection of Noble Boulevard and Hanover Street in the Carlisle Commons plaza, while also demolishing part of the old Tractor Supply building for more retail space that will include a Five Guys restaurant.

FSA spokesperson Justin Doty said his company handles the land development for Broad Reach Retail Partners LLC, which owns the Carlisle Commons. Doty said the land development plan will be presented to the Carlisle Planning Commission tonight at 5:30 p.m.

"In my opinion, this is a huge improvement for that corner," Doty said. "The impervious areas are reduced, several trees will be planted on the property along with shrubs. Such a great improvement to a corner that needs it right now."

Doty said there will be no new access points added for the shopping center.

Carlisle Planning/Zoning/Codes Manager Bruce Koziar said the process for the land development plans starts with planning commission approval then advances to Carlisle Borough Council for its approval.

"The plan is to build a standalone restaurant (for Chick-fil-a)," Koziar said. "The developer also has plans to demolish part of the former Tractor Supply building and make it into a building with four retail units, one of them being a Five Guys."

"It will reduce the footprint and bring facade (of the Tractor Supply building) in line with adjacent retail strip," Doty said.

Doty said if approvals are granted from the planning commission and the borough council, construction on the site could begin by the end of summer. He said it was "hard to say" when the restaurants would open for business.

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