COAL TOWNSHIP — The Burger King along Route 61 near Ranshaw is slated to be demolished and replaced with a smaller restaurant designed to accommodate more vehicles in the drive-thru.

The restaurant is set to close at 4 p.m. Sunday for an undetermined amount of time.

Carrol’s Restaurant Group submitted plans to the township that indicate intentions to raze the 3,850-square-foot building and build a 2,811-square-foot building in its place on 1.4 acres of land.

The township on May 17 approved a variance request to increase “impervious surface” from 55 to 60 percent. The township maximum is 50 percent; however, the restaurant was grandfathered in, which allows it to be 5 percent over the limit.

Representatives of Carrol’s explained to township officials that 70 percent of its business is done through the drive-thru. The new restaurant, which will be set slightly further back from Route 61 then the current building, will allow better “stacking” of vehicles.

The new restaurant will contain a drive-thru window, four display signs, 47 parking stalls and seating for up to 60 people. The exit and entry ways are not expected to change.

Burger King restaurants in Shamokin Dam, Danville and Lock Haven are also being being rebuilt and construction of a new location in Middleburg is underway.

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