Your late-night Chalupa cravings are about to be fulfilled, Rochester.
Taco Bell is looking to build a second Rochester Hills location, near the Mobil gas station on the corner of Walton Boulevard and Livernois Road. The site is an empty parking lot that's less than a five-minute walk from Rochester High School, near Panera Bread.
There are 5,600 Taco Bell restaurants worldwide; the chain started in 1964 in California. The nearest Taco Bells to this proposed location are on Rochester Road near Target in Rochester Hills and on Opdyke Road in Auburn Hills.
The fast food restaurant has submitted a site plan to the Rochester Hills Planning Commission, which reviewed it at a meeting earlier this month.
According to city Planning and Economic Development Director Ed Anzek, planning commissioners asked restaurant representatives to explore options for better pedestrian accessibility to and near the site. Commissioners also expressed concerns about traffic flow.
If the site plan is approved, Taco Bell would also need a Conditional Land Use permit from City Council; drive-thru restaurants require this type of permit in the city.
Taco Bell will likely be on the Planning Commission's April 17 agenda, Anzek said. From there, it would go to City Council.
According to a report accompanying the site plan, if approved, the restaurant would be built starting this summer with an opening planned for late fall.
Fans of Rochester Patch's Facebook page were quick to react on Thursday night to news of the proposed restaurant. Most were excited about another Taco Bell coming to town.
"I think that would be the ideal location for Taco Bell, easy in and easy out and they will make a killing with RHS right there and all the activities that go on at that school," posted Mandy Witty-Kerre.
Others expressed concerns about whether the town needed another fast-food restaurant and about the possible traffic jams this drive-through would create.
"Could make for some interesting traffic jams if the cars will be wrapped around the building like the one on Rochester Rd.," posted Christine Murray.