There will be a community meeting regarding the proposed expanded drive-through for the McDonald’s property at 2707 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The meeting will be held Thursday, February 2, 6:30 p.m. at 2706 N. Sawyer Avenue.
While the “pedestrian street” designation was lifted last month at the request and behest of the alderman to make way for the drive-through (see Update on Milwaukee Avenue “pedestrian street” designation), McDonald’s still must apply for a new special use permit for its proposed new drive-through. Its current drive-through permit will be null as soon as it demolishes its existing building.
Why it matters
The alderman has clearly already decided to support the drive-through, but it’s important to see what the proposed drive-through expansion means for Milwaukee Avenue and its would-be pedestrian orientation. We, as a community, should obtain some benefit from this drive-through expansion. Maybe it’s bringing the building closer to the adjacent streets; maybe it’s how the drive-through traffic is routed; maybe it’s improved landscaping. We won’t know until we see what’s proposed.
It’s also important to note that this is not the official city public hearing on the issue. That will be before the Zoning Board of Appeals, possibly at its next meeting February 17.
Hope you can first make Thursday’s meeting.