A proposal to build a Chick-fil-A on the site of the former Grant Boys store in Costa Mesa was unanimously rejected by the Planning Commission on Monday over concerns that the restaurant could hinder traffic flow in the area.
The proposal called for demolishing the existing structures and building a new 1,999-square-foot fast-food restaurant at 1750 Newport Blvd., near the intersection of Rochester Street in the downtown area.
The restaurant would have had drive-through and walk-up service, but no interior seating.
The commission’s decision followed almost two hours of discussion and public comments, most of them in favor of the project.
Though commissioners said...