City panel OKs McDonald’s changes
The city of Delaware’s Planning Commission unanimously approved requests for a second drive-through and exterior renovations to the McDonald’s at 2091 U.S. 23 North during its March 6 meeting.
Those changes include cutting the size of the golden arches sign in half while moving it closer to the road for higher visibility.
“The double drive-through will be similar to what we approved on the South Sandusky Street McDonald’s over a year ago,” said Lance Schultz, planning and zoning administrator.
“I do like the plan,” said commission member Maria Vonada. “I like the access to the two lanes. I think it’ll be good. … I think it flows well.”
“This represents a significant reinvestment in our community,” said David Efland, planning and community development director. “It really looks fantastic. I think it will be a welcome addition, especially to the northern gateway to our community.”
McDonald’s representative David Warren told the commission the renovations are part of the restaurant chain’s “incentive to have the operators bring the buildings into the 21st century.” Warren said McDonald’s will pay half of the estimated $900,000 cost to make the changes. “Without this program, the building could sit for another 10 or 20 years” before being renovated, Warren said.
“What we’re doing here is tremendous for the city of Delaware,” said Rod Boester, the owner-operator of the McDonald’s. “It is one of the first things you see coming down 23 as you come into Delaware.”
The building was constructed in 1985, with a 38-foot-tall main sign that’s obscured by other signs in the shopping center. “Right now, the way it looks, I’m embarrassed,” Boester said.
The proposed new sign will be mounted on a limestone base. After discussion, the commission amended two of the 12 conditions they requested from McDonald’s to allow for a compromise on the size of the sign. Both requests were approved by a 5–0 vote.
Access to U.S 23 will remain the same, Schultz said. The drive-through will result in a net loss of eight parking spaces. Other renovations include a larger trash bin, and the installation of shrubbery and trees.
Efland said the matter will next be presented before Delaware City Council, with a public hearing on March 25.