EMG was engaged by Del Taco during its Real Estate Department negotiations with the Landlord(s). EMG was instructed to conduct Site Investigation Reports (SIR) across the country as new locations were considered for development. EMG’s SIR team began the research process with the appropriate city and utility agencies to determine the necessary requirements for the type of site: ground up, vacant lot, existing structure, or existing restaurant (to be converted).
EMG’s SIR team performs the necessary research for each location working with local municipalities. EMG obtains details from the Zoning/Planning Department which, or if Use permits will be required, based on building type and operation, including hours of operation, drive-through, and other pertinent details. EMG’s team also contacts the local building department to learn their requirements including code compliance, submittal requirements, and number of sets of drawings needed.
From the various utilities companies, we determine what is needed to provide power, water, gas, and sewer services to the site. Utility determination includes answering the following routine questions:
- Will tapping into a water or sewer line in the middle of the street be required?
- Will a transformer be needed for power?
- How much will the hook-ups cost?
- Are there any impact fees?
- How long will each step take?
With these facts and figures in hand, Del Taco is able to better negotiate with the Landlord. The Client can also determine any barriers to obtaining approvals, and the development costs. This complete understanding of the process and timeline for approvals allows Del Taco to better forecast opening dates and anticipated ROI from new builds.