The Cleburne Chick-fil-A residents have clamored for a decade and change moved closer to reality Tuesday night thanks to council approval. That is, maybe it did.

“I’m not going to say Chick-fil-A is coming to Cleburne until they pull a permit,” Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain said. “They have not done that yet.”

Cain nonetheless could not resist comparing Tuesday’s development to a certain lunar landing event nearly 51 years past.

“This could be one small step for Chick-fil-A, one giant leap for Cleburne,” Cain said.

Chick-fil-A representatives requested a special-use permit allowing a reduction of required parking spaces at a corner of West Henderson and Douglas streets situated property. Other buildings, including a Mexican restaurant that recently relocated to downtown’s Red Horse Antique Mall, occupy the property now. The plan, Cleburne Director of Community Development Shane Pace said, is for Chick-fil-A to demolish those existing structures and build a new restaurant if and when the eatery comes to town.

Pace displayed a rendering of the proposed site. Restaurant officials, Pace said, are proposing a 126 seat restaurant, 16 of which will be located outside. They are also requesting a reduction from the city required 63 parking spaces for a restaurant that size to 51 spaces.

As planned and displayed, the restaurant’s parking lot would also accommodate 22 car stacking in the drive-thru.

Council members unanimously approved the request.

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