The Hanover County Board of Supervisors has approved plans for a new Chick-fil-A restaurant at Atlee Station.

The popular, Georgia-based fast food chain, which has more than 20 locations in the Richmond area, will look to build its next local restaurant on a 1.6-acre site next to a Burger King in the commercial highway corridor in eastern Hanover. An opening date has not been announced.

According to the plans filed with the county, the Atlee Station Chick-fil-A will have 68 parking spaces, as well as outdoor seating and drive-thru lanes that can accommodate up to 34 vehicles at a time.

In remarks to the board, Chick-fil-A development and construction manager Nate Thompson thanked county staff for helping guide the site plan to approval.

“I think we’ve got a great plan here,” Thompson said. “I think this is a prime spot for another location in Hanover.”

In other business Wednesday:

  • The Board of Supervisors approved a conditional-use permit to allow the Wee Care Christian Learning Center on Beaver Dam Road to relocate to a building less than a mile away on Trainham Road.

Betsy Blackstone, the owner and director of the day care, said the move will allow the day care to double the capacity of children it can care for from 20 to 48.

  • The supervisors formally appointed Dennis Walter to be county attorney.

Walter, who currently serves as deputy county attorney, will succeed former County Attorney Sterling Rives, who retired in March after a 31-year career as lead counsel to the Board of Supervisors and the county administration.

Walter will make $165,000 annually as county attorney.

Board Chairman W. Canova Peterson said the supervisors found it challenging to select a new attorney, as there were several qualified candidates considered for the post. Walter, however, “just rose to the top,” Peterson said.

“I’m looking forward to serving this board, the Sheriff’s Office, our constitutional officers and, most importantly, the residents of Hanover County in the weeks, months and years to come,” Walter said.

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