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The heated debate in the north Spokane Logan Neighborhood will continue in a public way today, around 11:30 a.m.
Residents in that area oppose plans by the McDonald's Corp. to build a drive-through-only restaurant at the corner of Hamilton and Augusta. They say traffic in that area is already heavy and a drive-through will only aggravate the situation.
Today, opponents of the drive-through are hosting a public event, a conference with State Sen. Andy Billig and Spokane Councilwoman Amber Waldref.
They'll be doing the conference at the McDonald's site, we were told by one of the neighborhood organizers.
The short takeaway: the city didn't oppose this proposal at the planning department level. Unless the opponents can convince McDonald's to revise its design, it's not likely the city government is going to have any impact on it.
Work is already under way at the site. The restaurant is expected to open this summer.
A week ago we posted the plan by the McDonald's Corp. to build a new restaurant near Gonzaga, on the corner of Hamilton and Augusta.
This week, the big noise is coming from that business's neighbors, who strongly oppose the decision to make the restaurant a drive-through only operation.
A number of citizens of the Logan Neighborhood are trying to rally opposition against the plan, which apparently could have been modified through the city's planning permitting process.
Here's the key statements sent to the media by the ad hoc neighbor group. At this point, the group continues trying to animate opposition so that McDonalds — one of the country's largest businesses — reconsiders its plan.
At the end of February it was brought to the attention of the Logan Neighborhood Planning Stakeholder Team that McDonald’s Corporation had requested a permit to build a drive-through only facility near Mission & Hamilton that is inconsistent with the neighborhood’s 2006 (center and corridors)designation (pedestrian-oriented) & current planning efforts. In early March 2014, the Logan Neighborhood Planning Stakeholder Group sent a letter to City Planning Director Scott Chesney requesting that he deny permitting McDonald’s project as proposed since it is inconsistent with long-term & current neighborhood planning efforts.
At a conference call at city hall in early March, which included seven McDonald’s corporation representatives, the neighborhood’s request to consider an alternate design fell on deaf ears. The McDonald’s corporate reps stated that they did not have to alter their design and that the neighborhood couldn’t make them do so.
McDonald’s corporation may not be required to coordinate with the neighborhood, but neighbors expected they would be willing to alter their design to fit in with other new developments on the Hamilton corridor. In the past seven years, other developments along the corridor have been consistent with the Logan neighborhood’s planning priorities, such as The Clementine Building and Gonzaga’s new retail/parking garage.
The Logan neighborhood asks McDonald’s corporation to be a good neighbor and build a facility that promotes pedestrian safety and activity that is consistent with the Logan neighborhood’s long-term and current efforts.
The Pizza Oven restaurant near Gonzaga University, at 829 E Boone, has shut down.
The restaurant is the second eatery in the retail strip to have closed. Last year, Noodle Works shut down after a few months operation. The property was developed by Spokane resident John Stockton.
Attempts to reach Pizza Oven owner Matt Rai were unsuccessful. He continues operating a Pizza Oven in River Park Square downtown.
Rai posted a sign on his Boone Avenue store blaming the closure on a general contractor who allegedly failed to pay the subcontractors who finished building the store.
The location used to be the home of Mark Starr's David's Pizza. Starr continues to have plans to reopen that business in downtown Spokane.
CORRECTED Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m.
Gonzaga University will break ground this spring on a $14 million, four-story building that will add about 650 parking spaces and ground-level dining options for students and area residents.
The new building, which will replace a surface parking lot, will be bordered by Hamilton and Cincinnati streets and DeSmet and Boone avenues. When finished in January 2013, the 250,000-square-foot Gonzaga Retail and Parking Center will be the new home of GU’s campus bookstore and eventually several retail businesses.
The building will have three levels above ground, one underground.
The building will have four levels, GU officials said.
GU school has no immediate plan to sign leases for retail space because it needs to use some of the ground level as a temporary student dining area at some point.
GU’s student dining hall is currently in the COG Building in the center of campus. That building will eventually be demolished to make way for a larger University Center.
RENDERING: ALSC Architects.