Judging by the standard Chik-Fil-A restaurants along strip corridors,
it would be a major architectural step down from the present building.
They would probably have to grade the site, destroying the hillock that the present building sits on.
It would be right in front of a crosswalk for schoolchildren attending Idlewild Elementary.
People speeding in and out of the drive-thru, cellphones in one hand, tasty chicken biscuits in the other, will be zipping through that crosswalk. (disclosure: I have relatives who attend Idlewild. They don't use that crosswalk but I know many kids and families that do).
The site has a couple of neighboring high-quality buildings that have been constructed or renovated in the past year.
One of them, the Memphis Area Teachers Credit Union,
was built on the site of a recently demolished Midtown bungalow. However, its own visual personality is at least the equal of the departed. Will the Chik-Fil-A restaurant do the same? Will it honor the investments its neighbors have made by, at the very least, not subtracting value?
I want to make it clear that I have no problem with Chik-Fil-A as a business. Judging by the comments I got in my earlier post, their food creates loyal customers.
Bring good food to a good building, the Cumberland Presbyterian building.
Details very soon on how we might make this happen.