HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Huntsvillians could be enjoying early morning raisin toast and cheese eggs near the Old Town Historic District by early 2014.
In March the Huntsville City Historic Preservation Commission gave the go-ahead on the Waffle House chain's application to demolish a run-down Sonic Drive-In on Pratt Avenue to make way for a new Waffle House just steps away from the Five-Points District.
Waffle House purchased the $331,850 site permit nearly a month ago.
The site may not look like much now but soon the area will be cleared and ready for copious amounts of All-Star Specials with bacon all-the-way (that's official Waffle House Lingo).
Huntsville City Plans Examiner Eric Weber says the permit has been purchased for the demolition but he is not exactly sure when contractor will pull the trigger.
Huntsville has been working with Waffle House for months on the deal starting with inspections by the natural resources department ahead of demolition. Site drawings were then submitted to the traffic and engineering offices to gauge the impact a new restaurant will have on the surrounding neighborhood and other nearby commercial properties.
"There's the zoning, making sure the building is set correctly on the lot. Then you move to the construction aspect and the historical approvals that came obviously before really anything got started," explains Weber
Weber says waffle house acts as their own real estate agency and independent contractor and explains generally once construction starts Waffle House doors usually open quickly due to the company's swift and strict building protocol.
"They secured their permit on August 6 so according to Waffle House's latest communications you can expect them to start construction by early 2014."
Weber says Waffle House will also be demolishing an old car wash 11500 South Memorial Parkway next to the Kangaroo gas station to make way for a new restaurant there. Construction on that location should coincide with the Pratt Avenue project.