Doylestown gives green light for Chipotle move
Dana M. Eckman
After much speculation around town, it's official: Chipotle Mexican Grill is coming to Doylestown.
The borough council unanimously granted the plan conditional final plan approval on Monday night for Doylestown Realty Associates to renovate the interior for leased retail space for a restaurant at 569 N. Main St. for a new location that would seat 40 people. It is across from the Mercer Square Shopping Center and would have 22 parking spaces.
According to project engineer Matthew M. Chartrand, the 2,400- square-foot, one-story brick building was once home to Liberty Travel.
“We are enthusiastic about it,” said Council President Det Ansinn. “We like it when these stores see the value of making an investment in the borough.”
Borough Manager John Davis said the company earned praise from the Historical Architectural Review Board in June. Chipotle presented its proposal to move in then.
“Based on the amount of effort they’ve put into it, we think this is a serous proposition,” Davis said. “It looks like they are planning to do a first-class job, and it’s an area of North Main Street that could use a bit of an upgrade. So it will be nice to see some redevelopment with some attractive architecture up there.”
Chipotle has been in operation since 1993 in the United States, the U.K., Canada and France. It specializes in burritos and tacos, but also has salads and are known for their use of organic foods and naturally raised meat.
Chipotle was founded by Steve Ellis and opened with 16 restaurants in Colorado. From 1998 to 2006, McDonald's invested in the chain, which had grown to about 500 restaurants. It would be Chipotle’s first location in Doylestown.
It is not yet known when the Doylestown Chipotle will open. Chartrand said the company wanted the construction to start “as soon as possible.”
In other business, council passed on the first draft of the regional police force budget. Council rejected the draft of its regional police department budget with New Britain Borough on recommendations from its public safety committee.
Dennis McCauley, the chair of the committee, said there were too many unknowns in the budget without a contract with the officers of the two municipalities.
Davis said the budget will go back to the regional police commission with a Nov. 1 deadline for revisions.
“Fingers crossed, knock on laminate that we tie those ends up and are good to go,” Ansinn added.
McCauley said the budget came up partially as a procedural point and he was confident the contract would be finalized in time for the regional force to start next year.
The council also unanimously passed its dog tethering ordinance, which it revised at its last meeting after feedback from the public over provisions dealing with cats. The council dropped a requirement that all cats have a collar or microchip if they go outdoors.
The ordinance defines animal cruelty, prohibits leaving dogs outside without food, water or shelter, leaving pets in cars and defines nuisances such as barking.
The council also set a 12-month deadline to finish negotiations with Doylestown Township over the Intermunicipal Water Agreement. Davis said he was confident the negotiations would finish before the deadline.
Mayor Libby White swore in Ruhy Patel as the borough's newest junior councilperson.
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