By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times
GOOD HOPE —
A land owner is not happy with Waffle House Incorporated’s plans to tear down the existing Waffle House on Alabama Highway 69 and rebuild it to update the building to meet company protocol.
Don Morgan, a Cullman County resident and right-of-way land owner of 2.77 acres surrounding the business, is not satisfied with the proposal provided by Engineer Design Group Project Manager Wade Lowery, who included a new entrance to the location on the right-of way property without consulting Morgan at a Good Hope Zoning and Planning Committee meeting on April 7.
“They’re wanting another entrance to their property and I own property on three sides of the property,” Morgan said. “They said they did a survey of the land, but he would have saw that I own the land where they are wanting to add this entrance. We’re trying to workout something that’s different from what they proposed and we will meet again and he will resubmit the proposal.”
Lowery referred all questions to a Waffle House Incorporated spokesperson.
The spokesperson said their strategy is to remodel or rebuild each restaurant over a period of time in order to keep the businesses up to date. The Good Hope Waffle House was built in 1983.
According to Lowery during the April 7 meeting, the new business will also contain two additional parking spaces based upon on the current proposal by minimizing the current width of the parking spots.
“We’re going to meet again and they have to totally resubmit a new proposal, what they submitted Monday night was tabled,” Morgan said. “I have tried to work with them for many years and they are very hard to work with. It doesn’t matter how much land I own there. I still own it.”
Mayor Corey Harbison said the Zoning and Planning
Committee will decide what to do about the reconstruction of the Waffle House, but he’s in support of anything to better Good Hope.
“I'm happy that the Waffle House has decided to erect a new building in Good Hope,” Harbison said. “This shows me that they are going strong and will be around for years to come. I am always happy to see older buildings replaced or refurbished with modern looking ones. I want our community to be attractive.”
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