Triple S Planning Commission: McDonald’s looking to make improvements

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Store on Isaac Shelby Drive wants to add space, 2nd drive-thru

By Todd Martin

The Triple S Planning Commission will have just one piece of new business at its final meeting of the year on Tuesday.

The commission will hear an amended development plan from McDonald’s on Isaac Shelby Drive. In the request, the company is looking to add 258 square feet and a second drive-thru, reconfigure the entrance and parking area and relocate a Dumpster.

In August, a store manager confirmed that Rick Peter, who owns all three McDonald’s restaurants in Shelby County, was planning to close and rebuild the original McDonald’s in the area, on the east side of Shelbyville in Governor’s Square, but at that time there was no confirmation that anything would be done to the Isaac Shelby Drive location. There is no request for the Governor’s Square location on this month’s agenda.

It is speculated that the storesarebeing rebuilt to represent the new updates that McDonald’s has requested from it’s store ownersand to help with the traffic flow and service for customers.

In 2011, the chain announced a $1 billion-plus makeover that the company and it’s franchisees hope will have the more than 14,000 stores more comfortable and conducive to hanging out. The long-term plan is to have all the renovations complete by 2015.

The nationwide upgrades include wooden tables, faux-leather chairs, more subtle colors like muted yellows and oranges and, especially important for this location, doubling the drive-thru lanes.

Zone change

The commission will also present the transcript and findings of fact on the zone change request at 204 Sunset Way. The commission approved the request to change the zoning of the property, which is near Middleton Heights off Midland Trail, from Neighborhood Business to Medium Density Residential. No one spoke against change at the November public hearing.

If the transcript and findings of fact are approved, the recommendation will be sent to the Shelby County Fiscal Court for its decision.

Also at the meeting, the commission will:

  • Review and take a vote on the 2013 budget.
  • Set the 2013 meeting schedule.