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City to take up rezoning request for Boger City McDonald’s

 

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

 

The Lincolnton City Council will consider a request Thursday from McDonald’s USA for the conditional-use rezoning of property to allow the fast-food chain to construct a new restaurant on East Main Street in Boger City.

As the Times-News previously reported, the city’s Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend approval of the request in August, though it added conditions regarding the traffic flow in the area. The proposed restaurant would be located near the southwest corner of East Main Street and Salem Church Road.

Its submitted site plan indicates that it would be 4,500 square feet and have 57 parking spaces, with entrances off of Salem Church Road and Openview Drive.

During the Planning Board’s meeting, nearby residents had expressed some concern regarding traffic, 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.

Prior to the City Council taking action, a public hearing will be conducted on the rezoning request.

Other items on the agenda for Thursday evening’s council meeting include:

A public hearing will be conducted on a conditional-use permit request for a proposed Internet sweepstakes operation in the Town and Country Shopping Center at 634 Center Drive.

A public hearing will be conducted on an amendment to the city’s Code of Ordinances requiring sidewalk installation for new development, subject to certain conditions.

A Resolution of Retirement will be presented for Lincolnton Fire Chief Mike Lee.

Council members will consider awarding bids to Skidmore Construction for sidewalk, curb and gutter installation on the west side of Newbold Street, from East Main Street to Timken Drive and on the north side of Timken Drive, from Newbold Street to the eastern side of the World Wide Imports driveway. The cost of the contract would be roughly $53,000.

Council members will consider Lincolnton’s future membership in the Lake Norman Rural Planning Organization versus the Gaston Urban Area MPO.

Thursday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall and is open to the public.

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