Council OK's Subway Plan

Proposed restaurant now heads to M-NCPPC for approval.

The Hyattsville City Council unanimously approved plans for a proposed new Subway restaurant franchise in the heart of downtown Baltimore Avenue.

Specifically, the city council voted to support a request before the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to amend development standards for the Gateway Arts District which would allow the restaurant to be built. The support has two caveats: the franchise may not operate a drive-thru or walk-up window, and that the site seat a maximum of 18 customers.

The property presently holds a small abandoned building which was recently a thrift store.

Jagjot Khandpur, a Potomac resident with many years experience running Subway franchises, purchased the property in 2011 specifically to develop it into a Subway restaurant, according to city documents. 

Khandpur's plan for the new franchise violates development standards requiring that new development take up at least 80 percent of lot frontage and another requirement mandating a two lane driveway to access a rear parking lot. Due to the small size of the lot, Khandpur's proposed restaurant cannot meet both requirements.

The proposed Subway franchise would be a one story, 1,400 square-foot stucco, brick and cinderblock building sitting atop a 6,300 square-foot lot. Behind the building would be a five-space parking lot accessible by a 22-foot-wide two lane driveway.

s September 18, 2012 at 04:48 PM
5 dollar, 5 dollar, 5 dollar foot long! It's nice to see the development spreading to other plots of land. :-)
Emil Farkwarp September 18, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Yep, great to see yet another banal consumer pod offering lowest-common-denominator fare. Down with cognitive dissonance! Yay for everything exactly the same everywhere! Go, level entropy! If only there were non-chain sandwich shops already in the area...
s September 18, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Emil, have you ever considered taking anti-depressants? I mean come on man, it's a sandwich.
Michael Theis September 18, 2012 at 05:46 PM
And Subway calls their employees "sandwich artists" (I was once a sandwich artist in college), so it makes sense to locate this in the arts district, right?
Jim Groves September 18, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Subway sandwiches are high on the salt, but they are a heck of a lot better for you than a McDonalds burger. They have whole grain bread and veggie options. It too bad a deli of some sort could't get in there, but I do not consider Subway "fast food".


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