Hershey is now a step closer to having a Chipotle downtown. Some said that's really sweet; others sour.
Tuesday night, the Derry Township Board of Supervisors furthered a proposed zoning change that would allow fast casual restaurants, like Chipotle Mexican Grill, downtown in the so-called Hershey Village.
Nothing is set in stone, however.
In a 5-0 vote, the board authorized the advertisement of the proposed zoning amendment. It will be up for a final vote at the board's meeting on May 14.
"I do not believe a change of the ordinance will lead to the demise of downtown Hershey as some have forecast. The fast-casual concept will also facilitate a variety of development throughout Derry Township," supervisor Marc Moyer said.
However, some residents were visibly upset by the decision. A handful stormed out right after the vote.
Several months ago, Chipotle expressed interest in building on a vacant site on historic Chocolate Avenue. The lot is owned by the Hershey Trust.
The current ordinance does not allow fast-food restaurants in that area.
Chipotle said their establishments are "fast casual."
The township has been looking at its zoning definition of fast food and fast casual restaurants and where they can and cannot go.