Washington City Council Chambers

The Washington City Council gave the nod Monday night to a final plat for property where a Panda Express restaurant is proposed.

The council approved an ordinance with a 7-0 vote that adjusts the property where JCPenney is located, creating a new lot on the northwest corner of the property. The property is owned by JCPenney.

Lot A will consist of the existing JCPenney store and parking lot and Lot B will be a new lot in the northwestern corner of the plat where Panda Express would be located. Each lot meets the required subdivision requirements of the C-2 zone, according to Sal Maniaci, community and economic development director.

A building permit has been approved for Panda Express at that location. Issuance of the permit was on hold until the plat was approved.

“If this is approved they can break ground this week,” Maniaci stated.

Since both lots already have road frontage and water access, the only public infrastructure that is required to be extended is the sewer line.

A performance guarantee has been submitted to the city and will be attached to the final plat ordinance to ensure the infrastructure is put in to place, Maniaci stated.

Panda Express will be located at 1112 Washington Square. The estimated construction cost is over $1.2 million. The restaurant would be located east of McDonald’s on a similar sized lot.

Maniaci added a parking lot for the new restaurant would be located between the building and Highway 100, also a similar setup to McDonald’s.

He noted that there could be room and infrastructure for another “out lot” on the JCPenney property.

Maniaci added if JCPenney requested a permit to occupy the remainder of the building where it is now located, it would have to be cleared though the city showing it meets parking codes.

The planning and zoning commission approved the preliminary plat last week. 

Councilwoman Gretchen Pettet was not at Monday’s council meeting.