After making a whopper of an announcement this spring, Burger King’s plan to bring a restaurant to Arkansas City might have gone stale.

The City Commission in early April approved Burger King’s rezoning request to allow a restaurant on property in and around 1419 N. Summit St., where the McGowan car wash is now. 

Burger King spokesman Jason Wolff said at the time that he expected building plans to be submitted soon and that construction could start in May if those plans were OK’d.

But plans have not been submitted. The city’s Principal Planner Josh White said in an email Wednesday that the city has received no further communication from the restaurant.

“At this time we have nothing further to report,” he said. “We have not received any plans from them.”

Attempts to contact Wolff on Wednesday were not successful.

Commissioner Duane Oestmann said Wednesday evening that he hadn’t heard anything about the status of the restaurant.

Not all Ark City residents were in favor of allowing a business at that location. 

During a public hearing, several people voiced concerns about increased traffic, noise and trash, as well as the impact to property values. 

The area between Kansas and Radio Lane currently sees between 15,000 and 17,000 vehicles per day, and was the city’s highest area for injury accidents according to a 2017 traffic study.

The rezoning was approved 3-1, with commissioner Kanyon Gingher opposed. She wanted to table the request over concerns about an exit onto First Street.

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