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Ohio City neighbors are fighting a new McDonald's location; abattle Lakewood neighbors lost last year.

The fast food giant bought property at the corner of Lorain Ave. and W. 38th Street.

Among concerns of neighbors who live in the historic district, noise, safety, traffic and pollution.

McDonalds has vowed to install a tastefully designed building with public art and discreet lighting. The company has modified the plans four times to fit in with the pedestrian retail overlay zoning requirements.

Still, after a community meeting that included company execs and city officials, many neighbors remain unconvinced.

"I have a farm that would be about 200 feet from where they'd put the McDonald's," said Meagen Kresge, of Gather Round Farm.

Kresge lives on W. 38th and operates an urban farm on the street.

"[McDonald's] is definitely not what I'd hoped to see there. I've heard a lot of good ideas from people on our street. We have a very active and creative neighborhood," said Kresge.

"I'm not too jazzed about their food. I'd like to see a mom and pop restaurant go in there," said Dan Dragony, who lives near Kresge.

It's a neighborhood David vs. Goliath battle that Lakewood families fought last year.

When McDonald's purchased the old Detroit Theater property at Detroit Ave. and Woodward Ave., parents and kids picketed.

The restaurant corporation ultimately was permitted to build on the site, and opened the doors on the new dining room and drive through in October 2012.

"As far as McDonald's itself, it has not been bad. There hasn't been much litter. Cars are quiet, unless it is a loud car. The problem I see most is the traffic," said Patty Eberl.

Eberl lives directly behind the McDonalds on Woodward Ave.

She and her neighbor across the street, Vicki Dreistadt, say in some ways the McDonald's has cleaned up the corner.

"The theater was filthy.It's unfortunate that it was a historic landmark, but there were rodents everywhere around here before," said Dreistadt.

The biggest problem to come of the new fast food restaurant is traffic, the women say.

While the drive through exit has been designated a left turn only toward Detroit, neighbors say every other car ignores the sign.

"It was always a busier street than normal, but now with McDonald's, it has increased speed and traffic speed," said Dreistadt.

As for the Ohio City location, the Cleveland City Council says McDonalds now has to do a traffic impact study, and submit it to the traffic commissioner.

It could take at least until the end of January 2013, before a decision is made to approve or deny the McDonald's plans.

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