McDonald’s takes shape in Logan area despite concerns

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 7 at 6:40 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—  Construction continued into May on a new McDonald’s near Gonzaga University, despite concerns expressed by members of the nearby Logan neighborhood.

Community members said they were opposed to the proposal in March because they felt it ignored long-term plans to develop Hamilton Street.

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Construction crews completed the frame for the McDonald’s drive-thru along Hamilton Street and Augusta Avenue. The neighborhood council said it wanted to update that stretch of Hamilton and make it more friendly to people walking in the area.

Work on the structure continued, despite neighbors’ objections.

"They consistently refused to work with the neighborhood,” said Spokane City Council member, Amber Waldref. “We want you to be a good neighbor, we want you to work with the neighborhood."

Neighbors complained to the company about the building’s location and design. Among their concerns, neighbors wanted the building to include a specific style of sidewalk with greenery and a buffer between pedestrians and the roadway.

Representatives from McDonald’s met with Spokane leaders, who were hopeful the company would consider changing the design.

“It’s not too late for McDonald’s to do the right thing,” said WA State Senator Andy Billing. “And I see some signs they may want to.”

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The company halted construction for about a week, but decided to move forward with the project after meeting with community members.

Spokane leaders placed a six-month hold on proposals for similar designs because of the council’s complaints.  Neighbors hoped McDonald’s would be the exception, instead of the rule, for future construction in the Logan Neighborhood. 

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