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McDonald’s gets zoning green light

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

A second McDonald’s restaurant is one step closer to coming to Lincolnton, following a vote recommending approval from the city’s Planning Board Tuesday afternoon.
The board voted unanimously to support approval of the fast-food chain’s request for a conditional-use rezoning of property on which to construct a new restaurant.
As the Times-News previously reported, the company was eyeing the property, located in Boger City near the southwest corner of East Main Street and Salem Church Road, back in May to potentially purchase.
The submitted site plan indicates that the new restaurant would be 4,500 square feet and have 57 parking spaces, with entrances onto Salem Church Road and Openview Drive. Zoning Administrator Mark Carpenter said the restaurant, like the newly renovated McDonald’s on East Main Street, would also have a double drive-through.
During Tuesday’s meeting, members of the Planning Board and nearby residents of the subject property expressed some concern regarding the traffic flow, both onto Main Street and if people decide to cut through back ways on residential streets to get to the restaurant.
The board ultimately decided to add a condition to its motion that would allow only right turns from Openview Drive onto Main Street, in hopes of preventing irregular traffic patterns.
A public hearing on the request will be conducted at the City Council’s Sept. 13 meeting, after which the council will consider the conditional-use zoning request.

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