When the new Steak ’n Shake opens on Jimmie Dyess Parkway this fall, it’ll be hard to miss.
Columbia County planning commissioners on Thursday approved variances that give Steak ’n Shake franchise owner Preston Moss the go-ahead to put two extra signs and graphic panels on the building.
The county’s sign requirements dictate that no more than three signs be permitted for an occupant of a building on a corner lot.
The county’s Planning and Engineering staff said the Steak ’n Shake’s location is unique because it fronts three roads: Jimmie Dyess Parkway, Interstate 20 and Belair Frontage Road.
Printed graphics also will be allowed on recessed areas in the back of the building. The front of the restaurant will face Jimmy Dyess Parkway.
Work began in June on the 3,500-square-foot burger joint that specializes in steakburgers and hand-dipped milkshakes.
The restaurant is expected to open in September. It will be open 24 hours a day.
In other business, the board passed a minor revision allowing developers to build single-family homes, in addition to townhomes that have already been approved, in the Brookhaven neighborhood.
Already built on the 9-acre parcel, which is in the Crawford Creek development, are 15 townhome units. With the planning commission’s approval, the remaining 43 lots can either be developed as townhomes or a maximum of 33 single-family homes.
Additionally, the planning commission recommended approval for changing the Evans Town Center Overlay District’s established radius as a mile instead of a 1¼ mile.
The Columbia County Justice Center, Evans Government Complex and Evans Towne Center Park are located within the district.
Planning commissioners also approved final plats for:
• 27 lots on 6.5 acres off Baker Place Road in the Hidden Creek subdivision.
• 43 lots on 24 acres off General Woods Parkway in Riverwood Plantation West.
• 67 lots on 18.3 acres off William Few Parkway in the Summerlin neighborhood.
• 66 lots on nearly 20 acres off William Few Parkway in the Magnolia Valley development.