Plan for local In-N-Out Burger moving ahead

Design plans for an In-N-Out Burger restaurant on the corner of Main Street and 400 North in Logan have bee approved by the City Planning Commission.

LOGAN — At long last, Cache Valley seems destined to have an In-N-Out Burger restaurant.

At the regular meeting of the Logan City Council on Tuesday, council member Jeannie F. Simmonds confirmed that the proposed design of the restaurant had been unanimously approved by the City Planning Commission on Nov. 12 during what she described as “an exciting meeting.”

That approval, she said, came after the project proponents were able to successfully resolve concerns raised by members of the public and the Utah Department of Transportation about the restaurant’s potential to increase traffic congestion in one of Logan’s busiest intersections.

“As everyone already knows,” Simmonds said, “the new restaurant will be on the corner of 400 North and Main Street.”

The plan proposed by Cassie Yee, the project manager for In-N-Out Burger, calls for the new restaurant to be constructed at 404 North Main St. on a nearly one-acre lot formerly occupied by Nyla’s Shell Gas Station. Since state analysts believe more than 50,000 vehicles past that location each day, UDOT officials had initially objected to the idea of motorists accessing that property from either Main Street or 400 North.

Simmonds added that UDOT officials were also concerned that the number of vehicles using the restaurant’s drive-through window might negatively impact traffic flow.

The restaurant owner’s solution to those issues, Yee explained, is to block off all direct entrances to their property from both Main St. and 400 North. Customers will be obliged to approach the restaurant through the shopping center parking lot east of the proposed In-N-Out Burger.

“So there will be no entrances or exits to the restaurant directly from either Main St. or 400 North at the corner,” Simmonds told her fellow members of the city council. “The closest way that motorists will be able to get into the property from 400 North will be at mid-block between the corner and 100 East. The closest you’ll be able to get into it from Main St. will be the driveway north of the nearby Subway shop.”

While acknowledging that plan is less than ideal, city project manager Russ Holley added that the property owner’s proposal meets the requirements of Logan’s Town Center 1 zoning code in that area.

Yee’s proposal is for construction of a single-story, nearly 4,000-square-foot fast-food restaurant with a drive-through lane, a paved parking lot and landscaping. The restaurant’s primary entrance, an outdoor dining area, trash enclosures and parking will be located east of the new structure.

“There are six driveway locations that can access this proposed building,” according to the recently approved design proposal, “two on Main St., one on 500 North, two on 100 East and one on 400 North.

“These other driveway locations are further away from street intersections and create less vehicle conflicts because of increased horizontal distances.”

During Tuesday’s city council meeting, Holley added the restaurant’s plan would not impact a seventh nearby driveway off Main St. south of the Mandarin Gardens restaurant.

“People will turn where people will turn,” Simmonds admitted.

Building permits for the In-N-Out Burger are still pending, according to city officials.

 

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12 Comments

  • L Allen November 20, 2020 at 11:54 am Reply

    Better widen the other entrances from two car lanes (one entering the block and one exiting the block) to three car lanes (left exit, right exit and one entrance) or there will be negative (additional) impact to those businesses who are adjacent to the remaining entrances, particularly where two entrance/exit are being eliminated from the block.

    Better think this thru Logan City, look at the congestion at Chick-Fillet as another example of you lack of understanding the problem. In-N-Out will be far worse because of the lack of room to adsorb the drive thru traffic.

    • Ttunac November 21, 2020 at 5:22 pm Reply

      Yeah, this is nuts. The council has been confronted again and again about traffic congestion. Then they ad tighten the bottleneck. Production 101: remove bottleneck. Has to be revenue driven at the expense of all. Shortsighted.

      https://capcity.news/community/2020/11/20/colorado-police-warn-of-12-hour-wait-at-new-in-n-out-burger-location/

      • Don November 23, 2020 at 9:19 am Reply

        If a business comes in and presents a site plan that meets code, the city can’t deny it. The old Herald Journal building is just a couple blocks away and barely off main street with a little bit more space, but businesses like this want to be on the biggest street they can be for maximum visibility.

    • Don November 23, 2020 at 9:09 am Reply

      The entrances/exits that are being removed went right in and out of the gas station previously, only serving that one business. If you look at the site plan filed with the planning commission, the entrances being removed would be right in the middle of landscaping surrounding the drive-through. The drive-through will have cars coming through the parking lot towards the west, wrap around the west side of the building along main, and then exit back into the parking lot heading east. The entrances by Mandarin Garden and KFC and others will all still be there, as well as entrances off 500 N and 100 E. There are plenty of ways to get into the block.

  • Blayne November 24, 2020 at 9:33 am Reply

    This will be a comical circus watching traffic attempt to navigate this one. Too bad the food isn’t as good as the hype

  • DRA November 24, 2020 at 1:11 pm Reply

    I am not an In N Out fan but I welcome this new business and wish them well. They purchased the property, meet the requirements and are spending their money to do this. After the initial opening month, the traffic will be similar to what the Gas Station created. If I really wanted something else, or nothing on this corner I should have found a way to purchase it myself thus having the control.

  • One who knows November 25, 2020 at 4:01 pm Reply

    Worst place in the valley..this is nuts

  • Barnabus November 30, 2020 at 7:15 am Reply

    The mentality of the valley is “if we don’t build it.they won’t come.” Well they are coming and we are going to get to experience traffic hell.
    How long does it take to get through the south bound light at hwy 89 and 2500 during the morning commute? Look at Chic fil a’s lines. What is that going to be like, when that anchor store get filled again? Logan, enjoy the increased wait times and lack of public transportation.

    • Don December 1, 2020 at 11:24 pm Reply

      I mostly get what you are saying, but I can’t quite figure out what intersection would be hwy 89 and 2500. There is no light (or intersection for that matter) at 2500 S, and 89 doesn’t go all the way up to 2500 N, as it turns at 400 N which is the intersection this article is about. And the valley has public transportation. But I think I get your point.

      • Barnabus December 4, 2020 at 6:59 am Reply

        My bad, Hwy 91 and 2500 north. That wonderful intersection coming in from Smithfield and Preston. The county diverted funds from the transit system to fix the roads this year. Instead it should be working on expanding the transit system and increasing the number of both buses, routes, and stops.

  • Andy December 2, 2020 at 11:38 am Reply

    I imagine the meeting went something like this “okay guys, lets find the most congested and busy street in Logan, okay now lets find the most congested part of that street, 400 N and main?, ok good. Now lets figure out how to make it even more slow, congested, backed up, and dangerous.. Okay great! lets do it!”

  • DRA December 3, 2020 at 1:25 pm Reply

    Sometimes it is better to take your own money and purchase land and create your own business where you want it and leave others business alone. I will not be eating at in and out BUT I support them using their own money, passing Logan guidelines and passing zoning with THEIR own money! Stop the GRIPE FEST already.

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