Church’s Chicken lands new spot in Thornton

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Residents will now have more fast-food options following the approval of a Church’s Chicken plan to build in Thornton at 8661 Washington St.

City Council approved the restaurant’s site plan during its Feb. 12 meeting.

According to the Church’s Chicken website, there are six restaurant franchises located within the Denver-metro area, including one about seven miles away from the proposed Thornton franchise location at 7295 E. 64th Avenue in Commerce City.

Ward 1 City Councilmember Mack Goodman, who placed the lone dissenting vote against the proposal, said he did not believe the proposal from Church’s Chicken was appropriate because there are numerous retail spaces located in that part of the city, including the Plaza Las Americas shopping center.

City Planning Manager Mike Mallon said the restaurant’s development is consistent with the city’s Comprehensive Plan and noted that it will be placed in an appropriate location next to other “quality community and neighborhood scale commercial centers.”

Wesley Pouw, the owner of Arvada-based architectural firm Pouw & Associates Inc., agreed.

“We not only feel that the architecture and site plan complies with all of the city regulations but we also feel that it will be an asset to the community as well,” Pouw said.