Opening of Hamilton McDonald's concerns neighbors

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 25 at 6:51 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—A McDonald’s that uncovered controversy in a North Spokane neighborhood opened on Tuesday.

Neighbors were upset the construction did not fit in with the pedestrian friendly Logan neighborhood. After the opening, those neighbors were still worried about parking along the street in front of the restaurant. Others said it was too early to tell how McDonald’s would impact the neighborhood.

The new McDonalds on Hamilton only served customers in their car or walk-up customers. It was a concept that City leaders had once complained about.

"They consistently refused to work with the neighborhood and we're asking them, we want you to be a good neighbor, we want you to work with the neighborhood,” said Amber Waldref with the Spokane City Council.

Neighbors living on the same side of the street as McDonald’s had some concerns.

"I'm kind of concerned about the parking, particularly in front of the house. All of my roommates have cars and we need parking in front of our house,” said neighbor Lauren Scott.

Businesses near the restaurant said they were waiting to see what the McDonald’s would mean for the area. They expected traffic to pick up along the corridor.

KREM 2 News was unable to get in touch with the McDonald’s restaurant owner on Wednesday.
 

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