Orange is set to gain a new Mexican fast food restaurant at an old car sales site - just 500 metres from where a competing Mexican fast food chain is under construction.
Bathurst Road is set to become a fiesta of tacos, burritos and other spicy fare.
A development application is on public exhibition at Orange City Council until June 25 for Guzman Y Gomez to open at the former Audi car dealer site at 2-6 Bathurst Road, at Five Ways.
Meanwhile construction is underway at 52 Bathurst Road, on the corner of Eyles Street, (the former Thomson's Garden Centre site) for a Taco Bell restaurant which has been approved.
The $1.3 million Guzman Y Gomez store's application involves the demolition of the former car yards buildings at the corner of Bathurst Road and Endsleigh Avenue.
A single-storey restaurant, including kitchen, servery, pick-up area, unisex bathroom, back-of-house services and inside and outside seating would be constructed on the site.
The DA states 12 on-site car parking spaces would be provided as well as drive through facilities.
Cars would enter and exit onto Endsleigh Avenue.
The restaurant would be open 24 hours, seven days a week.
While likely staff numbers are not specified it says there will be a mix of full-time, part-time and casual workers. Guzman Y Gomez was contacted for comment.
The DA states a fast food restaurant complied with planning regulations.
And even though it would be opposite the Bowen Terrace and the former Five Ways Uniting church it said it would meet heritage requirements.
"The proposed development would not entail any physical or material impacts on listed heritage items or to a site within a heritage conservation area," it said.
It said the planned fast food restaurant was also in the public interest.
"It is compatible with the prevailing commercial character of Bathurst Road and the Orange CBD locality and does not create any significant adverse impacts on the environment or adjoining properties," the DA said.
The business would also help revive the Five Ways precinct which has become vacant following the closure of the Audi and Holden car yards, the Uniting church and the Blue clothing store.
The new owners of the Five Ways church, Josie and Jeffery Chapman, have told the Central Western Daily they are considering plans for the site including as a cooking school.
However, the old Holden dealership site is still listed for sale while the clothing site is available for lease.
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