When we first told you about the plans for a Wendy’s to open in the former Beneficial Bank building at Broad and Snyder, the majority of responses from the neighborhood were negative. Of all things that could go into a historic building, why a Wendy’s?
At the South Broad Street Neighborhood Association meeting on Tuesday, there was not as much vocal objection as expected, according to SBSNA president, Peter Zutter. Wendy’s does have plans to maintain the original detailing of the structure while bringing another fast food spot to this corner.
Zutter says that the plans included the preservation of the building, including the interior wood paneling. The proposal does have some problems that will put the project on hold. Things like truck parking and a takeout window on Snyder Avenue are two of the main issues at this point. The takeout window, which would be operational until 3 a.m., would likely cause even more of a trash and loitering problem for the corner.
Concerns raised by LoMo Civic’s president, Todd Schwartz, were in regards to how a business like Wendy’s would fit into the 2035 plan for the city. It may not be the kind of business that people were hoping to open on this corner, with McDonald’s already being located on the same block, but the plans do involve the preservation and filling of a vacant space.
SBSNA has plans to put together a community benefits agreement to resolve some of the issues at hand. Plans for this Wendy’s will be presented again soon, likely within the next month.