Hank’s plan is OK – Chadds Ford Live | Daily News Byte


Two thumbs up for Hank’s Place as Chadds Ford Township supervisors gave approval Thursday for both the land development plan and the conditional use for the restaurant’s reconstruction. Owners Anthony and Katie Young aren’t sure what or when their next move will be, but it will include the demolition of the current building that was destroyed on Sept. 1, 2021, by flooding from Hurricane Ida.

The Youngs need conditional use approval because township code requires that for outdoor dining.

Town attorney Mike Maddren read a list of five conditions the Youngs must abide by. Seating for outdoor dining is limited to 32 seats only and hours must not exceed 7 pm, which is the last seating for the entire restaurant. Additionally, all access to the outdoor deck dining area must be through the interior restaurant area, except in emergencies. The state Department of Labor and Industries will inspect the deck area for the safe egress of people in wheelchairs in the event of an emergency.

Additionally, a shared parking agreement must be signed and recorded with two other restaurants — Antica and Brandywine Prime.

The land development phase, as previously reported, includes raising the restaurant out of the flood with pylons that will raise the building nine feet. That new elevation required larger and longer ramps to make the building ADA compliant.

There will also be changes to entering and exiting the property. Access along Route 1 is limited to egress only. There is no longer a right turn into the parking lot directly from Route 1, but vehicles can exit there to go west.

Cars can still enter and exit along Creek Road, but there will be new striping and signage telling motorists not to block that access, something traffic engineer Nicole Kline called “Do not block the box.”

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Following two decisions regarding Hank’s Place, supervisors voted to approve the 2023 budget. The budget is balanced with revenue and expenses projected at $1.23 million. Town taxes will not increase.

The millage rate is 0.352 mills for the general fund, 0.0072 for the Rachel Kohl Library, 0.160 mills for open space, and 0.062 mills for the fire hydrant district. (The mil is a tax of $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value.)

Township supervisors meetings will start 30 minutes earlier in 2023. The new start times are 6:30 pm for Chadds Ford Board of Supervisors meetings, except on Jan. 3 re-organization meeting, which will be at 5:30 pm

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