A vacancy on Graham Road left by the razing of Bob’s Big Boy will finally be filled.
Council unanimously approved a measure on Dec. 14 by Triad Development to construct an 8,823-square-foot building on Graham Road that would include a Panera Bread store that would be around 4,663 square feet and a retail building that would be 4,160 square feet.
The additional location of Panera Bread at 4338 Kent Road will also remain in operation.
“We were very pleased that this property was purchased by Triad Development who owns the adjacent plaza and with whom we have had very good experience,” said, Rob Kurtz planning director. “Considering the highly visible location of the property, we were thrilled that they demolished a building that had been vacant for several years and planned to replace it with a high quality business like Panera Bread.”
Kurtz said he believes “it will be a very attractive building and will greatly enhance the site and will be an asset to Stow.”
The structure will be located at the approximate site of the former Bob’s Big Boy building and additional parking is proposed to be located north of the new structure. This parking area will be connected to the existing parking lot located to the north, which is also owned by Triad Development.
The primary access to the site will be from the existing curb on Graham Road, as well as an internal circulation drive that provides access to Hudson Drive.
A drive-thru to be located on the west side of the building was also approved and a dedicated lane with 6 waiting spaces is proposed to be located along the west and north sides of the building, Kurtz said.
Kurtz said the structure would be made from brick with accents of porcelain tile and patterned brickwork. If approved, the structure will also include a flat roof with parapet walls of varying heights and will include window awnings with decorative lighting.
He added that he is hopeful the developers will break ground on the project by the first quarter of 2013.