Plans for drive-through on Milwaukee Avenue

March 20, 2012

McDonald’s revealed its plans for the 2707 N. Milwaukee Avenue property at last month’s community meeting.

The alderman began the meeting touting the changes as supporting the corporate McDonald’s concept of hip and its desire to appeal to a new breed of customer, one who lingers in the restaurant and enjoys the Wi-Fi access.  I think these are customers who would embrace a pedestrian orientation and would gladly do without the drive-through.  The drive-through plans and flaunting of the “pedestrian street” designation (see Save Milwaukee Avenue’s pedestrian orientation) appear to conflict with the new McDonald’s concept.

The plan shows that the west/Milwaukee Avenue side of the building will stay where it is now, several feet from the property line.  (Unfortunately, McDonald’s Corporation’s representative has not returned repeated calls requesting a rendering of the plans to share here.)  The north and south sides of the building will also stay, while the east side will accommodate the expanded building, moving several feet to the east.

At the time of the community meeting, what should be the front face of the building with its bright yellow awning was oriented toward the drive-through rather than toward pedestrians on the street.  Instead, the Milwaukee Avenue face would be the typical side façade of McDonald’s redesign.

The former “pedestrian street” designation calls for buildings to be built to the sidewalk, not several feet back, but at the point of last month’s meeting, McDonald’s would not entertain bringing the building to the sidewalk.  The construction manager stated that they could not build to the sidewalk because of accessible requirements with the two exit doors to Milwaukee Read the rest of this entry »

Community meeting February 2 re: drive-through on Milwaukee Avenue

January 30, 2012

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.

McDonald’s on Milwaukee 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), Read the rest of this entry »

Update on Milwaukee Avenue “pedestrian street” designation

December 19, 2011

Business as usual

On December 13, 2011, the Chicago Committee on Zoning conducted a public hearing regarding removing the “pedestrian street” designation for the portion of Milwaukee Avenue between Kedzie and Sawyer Avenues.  This despite the fact that the applicant (in this case the alderman/the city) did not meet (as acknowledged by the acting city Zoning Administrator) the notice requirements necessary for the hearing to take place.

According to the Chicago Zoning Ordinance, Section 17-13-0100:

No hearing will be scheduled or conducted until the applicant complies with all applicable notice requirements.

As the applicant, the alderman explained that he introduced the ordinances in order to allow the McDonald’s franchise at 2707 N. Milwaukee Avenue to construct a new building and maintain its driveway and drive-through.  He stated that the dimensions and diameters of the existing driveway and drive-through would not change.  He also said that he would later re-designate Milwaukee Avenue a “pedestrian street.”

Five residents (myself, Steven Vance, Christy Prahl, Mike Jaskula, and Nicole Semple) testified in opposition to the proposed lifting of the “pedestrian street” designation for a variety of reasons.

The McDonald’s franchise owner and her attorney were the only people to speak in favor of the proposal.  Contrary to the alderman’s statement, they (and the acting city Zoning Administrator as well) revealed that they planned to increase the drive-through capacity at this site.  Oddly, the owner touted another McDonald’s franchise she owns on four-lane North Avenue at the busy, car-centric intersection of Grand and Kostner Avenues as an example of how nice it will be for Milwaukee Avenue.  She really wasn’t grasping the concept of a pedestrian oriented street.

As is typical of zoning in Chicago, the Committee on Zoning deferred to Read the rest of this entry »

Save Milwaukee Avenue’s pedestrian orientation

December 5, 2011

Public Hearing December 13

If you’re able, please attend the Zoning Hearing on Tuesday,
December 13, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall in order to preserve the “pedestrian street” designation of Milwaukee Avenue between Kedzie and Sawyer Avenues.

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Sign fatigue

June 1, 2010

TCS Wireless moved across Milwaukee Avenue and may be trying to alienate us with its new sign (photo left).  If they pulled a permit, it appears to be legal because of the zoning of the property.   But they sure aren’t going to win any neighborhood friends.

What’s worse?  They left their old sign up with the lovely addition of spray paint to block out

some choice words/advertising (photo right).  Thanks a lot neighbors!

Can you tell they are not a local business?

Scene in Logan Square:

Logan Square Farmers Market opens its 2010 outdoor season on Sunday, June 6, 10:00 a.m., and continues Sundays through October, at the southeast corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Logan Boulevard.

Summer comings and no-goings

May 27, 2010


Opening up next to New Wave Coffee will be a toy store for the neighborhood, called Play.  Reader/commenter Carter noted the need for a toy store back in 2008.  This one certainly looks playful with the sparkly jack on its sign.

Play, Coming Soon to Logan Square

La Boulangerie

Another summer-scheduled opening Read the rest of this entry »

Emmett Street lot rezoning = done deal

January 8, 2010

Like many proposed zoning changes, the rezoning of the Emmett Street parking lot is a done deal, so I’m not sure of the purpose of last night’s meeting.

The ordinance has already been introduced, the proposed change will be before the city’s Committee on Zoning on January 12, and is set for “passage” (the alderman’s choice of words) by City Council on January 13.

The rationale still is that the change is necessary in order to allow Chicago Parking Meters, LLC to operate the lot legally, something having to do with its business license.