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Ohio City: Neighbors not loving proposed McDonald's

11:47 PM, Dec 11, 2012   |    comments
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OHIO CITY --  Fast food giant McDonalds has purchased an empty store front in Ohio City.

Tuesday night, approximately 200 people packed into Franklin Circle Community Church to listen to a presentation from McDonalds representatives and to ask questions about the proposed restaurant.

Ohio City Incorporated first learned that McDonalds was interested in purchasing property on Lorain Avenue between W. 38th Street and Fulton in September.

Located in a Pedestrian Retail Overlay district (meaning storefronts must be up to the primary street sidewalk, not behind a parking lot), several concerns were raised about the initial design of the project. 

After four iterations of plans for the fast food restaurant, the sale of the closed Hollywood video store at W. 38th Street and Lorain Avenue went through in December.

Business owners and neighbors alike have concerns about the McDonalds, namely, traffic congestion, safety and noise.

McDonalds execs gave a power point presentation, explaining efforts to reduce any potential neighborhood disruption. 

The City of Cleveland Planning Commission has not yet ruled on whether the McDonalds proposal meets zoning codes. 


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