Correction: The project will start at the smaller building attached to Wigland. Both buildings are owned by Bonnie and Bill Ivancic. Bonnie Ivancic said Wigland is staying. This article previously indicated that Wigland would be torn down.
ELYRIA — The downtown McDonald’s restaurant will be razed and replaced with new building in a construction project that will also include demolishing several old buildings on Broad Street.
The fast food giant will go before Elyria’s Planning Commission on Tuesday with a proposed plan to build on the corner of Broad Street and West Avenue. According to documents related to the upcoming meeting, the current McDonald’s will be demolished.
The plans call for demolishing every building between the old McDonald’s and West Avenue starting with the small building attached to Wigland. The project will result in five fewer on-street parking spaces on Broad Street.
All the typical McDonald’s features will be included in the project, like a wraparound drive-through, some outdoor seating, ample parking and a new sign to include the trademark golden arches.
The city’s Planning Commission will make a recommendation on whether to approve the overall construction project as well as the new sign the company will erect. While the matter could go through the Design Review process as there are no zoning changes needed, it was decided to let the Planning Commission take the lead because of the sheer scope of the project, said Colleen Rosado, the secretary for both Design Review and Planning Commission.
This project has been in the works for several months. Mayor Holly Brinda hinted at it in February during her State of the City address. At that time she was happy to announce a national restaurant chain was finalizing plans for a new restaurant.
“In late spring or early summer of 2014, it is expected that the properties from West Avenue to Wigland will be demolished and building will take place in 2015,” she said.