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Developer proposes eateries along U.S. 1 at Cowan

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The developer of Cowan Crossing is requesting three special-use permits to add two restaurants and a drive-through coffeeshop to the Fredericksburg site.

All three businesses would be located inside a roughly 8,500-square-foot multi-tenant building in the development along the west side of U.S. 1 between Cowan Boulevard and State Route 3.

The building would be located next to First Citizens Bank on the southern end of the commercial development.

The project is being developed by Cowan Crossings LLC, a subsidiary of the Silver Cos.

A public hearing on the request is scheduled for Wednesday at the Fredericksburg Planning Commission. The commission will make a recommendation on each request and then pass them on to the City Council for action.

One of the fast-food restaurants would use 2,400 square feet of space, have indoor and outdoor seating and operate from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

It would accommodate about 70 people inside and have seating for up to 12 on a patio.

That restaurant would have 12 to 15 employees, about 600 customers daily and is expected to generate roughly $2 million in annual sales.

The second restaurant is described as a sandwich shop that would use 2,000 square feet, have 24 to 30 seats, operate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and generate 300 to 500 customers per day. It’s projected to generate nearly $1 million in annual sales and employ five to seven people.

The coffeehouse would be a 2,000-square-foot facility, with indoor seating and a single drive-through lane.

It would employ 10 to 12 people, generate about $1.1 million in sales, operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and have about 500 customers per day.

Jervis Hairston, vice president of commercial and residential projects for the Silver Cos., said he could not identify the restaurants because contracts have not been finalized.

City Zoning Administrator Mike Craig is recommending approval of all three permits.

The restaurants would be in addition to the First Citizens Bank, CVS Pharmacy and Burger King already approved for Cowan Crossing.

The commercial site has evidence of early 1800s-era slave quarters on the area just south of the bank but there are no remaining structures, the application states.

Pamela Gould: 540/735-1972