Potential traffic, cooking smells worry neighbors as Slim Chickens looks to come to Prairie Village

The State Line Road office building south of Panda Express in Prairie Village would become a Chicken Slims restaurant if the city's Planning Commission and City Council approve a rezoning application.
The State Line Road office building south of Panda Express in Prairie Village would become a Slim Chickens restaurant if the city’s Planning Commission and City Council approve a rezoning application.

Concerns over traffic and possible cooking odors wafting into the surrounding neighborhood have put plans to turn an aging office building on State Line Road in Prairie Village into a chicken restaurant on hold.

The Prairie Village Planning Commission earlier this month continued to a future meeting consideration of a rezoning application that would permit the property at 7930 State Line Road to become a Slim Chickens location. The chain, which currently has locations in Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, specializes in Southern style chicken fingers and Buffalo wings. An Independence location is currently the only Slim Chickens in the Kansas City area, though a location is slated to open near 135th Street and Antioch Road in Overland Park.

At the meeting, a group of area residents expressed concern that the addition of another fast food restaurant to the corridor that already has a Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Culver’s and Panda Express would compound traffic problems in the area. The commission requested that city staff conduct a traffic study around the site. (The proposed building layout includes a drive through window). The commission also asked for more information about the proposed filtration system for the cooking area, hoping to assuage concerns about the smell of fried chicken carrying through the neighborhood.

Prairie Village Assistant City Administrator Wes Jordan said he expects the traffic study and other information to be ready for the Planning Commission to consider at its next meeting, which will be Tuesday, July 7.