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St. Charles McDonald’s may get remodel

Published: Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – A fast-food restaurant in western St. Charles is being eyed for a makeover.

McDonald’s at 1915 W. Main St. has submitted a concept plan to the city that proposes to redevelop the existing 1.12-acre property.

Township records indicate it was built in 1971.

The proposal calls for demolishing the existing, outdated restaurant and replacing it with a 5,234-square-foot structure that would be further west on the property and sit parallel to Main Street.

Plans also include a side-by-side drive-thru, an outdoor dining patio and a water feature.

According to the proposal, the changes would improve site circulation and parking. A parking assessment done on the site indicated that some drivers who wanted to use the drive-thru would park because the drive-thru was too difficult to access and the line was too long.

City planner Matt O’Rourke said there is no timeline for the project since it is at the concept plan stage. This phase is a chance for the Plan Commission and Planning and Development Committee to review the plans and provide feedback, he said.

Based on the comments, the applicant might make changes and would decide whether to file an application for special use applications.

Similar changes are being made to the McDonald’s in downtown Batavia. The 1978 building at 125 W. Wilson St. was torn down in September to make way for a 4,155-square-foot building with a double drive-thru and digital menu board.

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