Board approves "special exception," allows drive-thru restaurant in Five Points

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)--Despite dozens of people speaking out against it, the City of Columbia's Board Zoning of Appeals (BOZA) have come to a decision to allow a drive-thru restaurant to be placed in the Five Points area.

After several hours of discussion, the board voted on Tuesday to approve a "special exception" and allow a Zaxby's with a drive-thru in Five Points.

The restaurant would be located at the old Harper's Resturant building on the corner of Devine and Harden Street.

Adding the restaurant to the location brought controversy amongst the community and the Five Points Association. The association says the restaurant would have a negative impact on the "lower Five Points."

Community members say that bringing a restaurant to the area will take away from the ambiance of the area. Several people have stated their concern that a restaurant like Zaxby's would bring more vehicle and pedestrian traffic to the area.

After a four-to-two vote, BOZA approved of adding the restaurant saying the restaurant must not stay open after 11 p.m. so that those who want to enjoy the nightlife can do so without drive-thru traffic interfering.

According to online records, the Zaxby's franchise is owned by Back Forty Holding of Florence and the company owns several Zaxby's locations around the state.

No word yet on when construction will begin.

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