Burger Battle: Round Two Goes to Residents

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OHIO CITY, Ohio-- Round two in the battle to keep a McDonald's restaurant out of Ohio City went to the neighborhood Tuesday morning.

"There was a lot of good arguments, a lot of passion on both sides. But the community is unanimous. It does not want a double-gauge drive-thru that comes through the community," said Councilman Joe Cimperman, who represents Ward 3.

It was standing room only Tuesday morning, as residents voiced their concerns once again at a board of zoning appeals meeting in Cleveland City Hall.

"A drive-thru just doesn't work there. There's a lot of traffic there," said Gary Boska, resident.

Concerns resurfaced after the franchise owner of McDonald’s appealed the planning commission’s decision back in November.

That's when they were denied permission to build a restaurant at the corner of Lorain Road and Fulton Avenue.

But at an appeals hearing Tuesday morning, the board upheld the planning commission's original decision.

Meantime, Allegra Realty released a statement that reads in part," Today, the Cleveland Board of Zoning Appeals affirmed the erroneous decision of the Cleveland Planning Commission to deny a multi-million dollar investment by one of the world’s most respected international companies. We are clearly disappointed. The arbitrary application of the City’s zoning code and the unequal treatment the property owner and this project have received, when compared to similar projects on Lorain Avenue in Ohio City (such as the Hansa Import Haus redevelopment) is constitutionally prohibited spot zoning. This will have a chilling effect on investment by future investors who expect fair, equal and predictable consideration by the City’s reviewing bodies."

The building owner and franchise owner has 30 days to appeal this latest decision.

If that would happen, the fight would move to a court of law.

Read past stories on the McDonald's dispute.

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