Drive-thru only McDonald’s upsets Logan Neighborhood



Posted on March 24, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 25 at 6:32 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--A new McDonald’s location is set to come to Spokane in the summer of 2014. However, people in the Logan Neighborhood are pushing back as the plans are unveiled.

Members of the Logan Neighborhood Organization and the Logan Neighborhood Stakeholder Planning Team oppose the Drive-Thru only McDonald’s because they say it ignores longterm plans to develop Hamilton Street.

Neighbors are also concerned about keeping pedestrians safe. They said they want to encourage businesses to move in the area, but want companies to work with them on their vision for the area.

Construction had already begun along Hamilton and Augusta for a new McDonald’s in March. Yet, neighbors said they tried to get the company to reconsider how they are designing the lot.

"We have a huge pedestrian community here and we need our pedestrians to be safe,” said Karen Byrd with the Logan Neighborhood Organization.

Plans show the McDonald’s will line up with the sidewalk, like many other businesses in the area.

Neighbors said they want to see sidewalks with trees and plants creating more space between people and cars.

Leaders for the neighborhood group say McDonald’s has selected the wrong location for a drive-thru only restaurant. They also say the company refused to work with them to develop an alternate design that would meet their goals for improving the neighborhood.

"We also want a vibrant Hamilton corridor, where people will want to come to it, not drive through it,” said Byrd.

City code does not require buildings to construct more pedestrian friendly sidewalks. The City said they were working to re-write the building code.

Neighbors said they want McDonald’s to take the lead on the future look of the street.

"It's a great opportunity for them to be the first ones to do it under our new regulations,” said Byrd.

KREM 2 News was unable to get in contact with someone from McDonald’s who could comment on the construction project on Monday.