Bill Dean, assistant city development manager, said the deal allowed the city to push back to September 2015 the time when it must accept a piece of land in the northeast corner of the development for a proposed aquatics center. The deal also moves the date for Surland to give the city $2 million, as a first installment of a $10 million payment, from June 2013 to September of this year.
The three members of the commission who were present, Pete Mitracos, Rhodesia Ransom and Veronica Vargas, approved the deal, which will go to a vote of the City Council for final approval.
Red Robin plans November opening
Commissioners also approved plans to tear down the former Chevy’s restaurant building, 2770 N. Naglee Road, and build a smaller Red Robin restaurant.
Brad Smith, with Red Robin, attended the meeting to assure commissioners that the company wanted to preserve the parking spaces and mature landscaping around the site. Smith said Red Robin would build a smaller building upon the existing footprint of the Chevy’s site and add outdoor seating and other features to fill in the remaining area.
Smith added that he expected Red Robin to open sometime in November, about six months after final approval by the City Council.
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