Battle Brewing Over Proposed McDonald’s

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OHIO CITY--There is a battle cooking in Ohio City over McDonald's trying to plant its golden arches in the historic neighborhood.

McDonald's wants to turn a closed-down Hollywood Video on Lorain and Fulton in Ohio City into one of their fast food restaurants; but some people say the golden arches are not welcome there.

"I don't think it fits in with the local atmosphere that Ohio City is going for," said Bridget McCafferty of Cleveland.

Signs have been put up near the proposed McDonald's location saying: “Consider Our Children” and “Not Loving It." There's even a "Say No to McDonald's in Ohio City" Facebook page.

Tom McNair is with Ohio City Inc. and said residents have their reasons for keeping the restaurant out of their neighborhood.

"There are many people who feel a double drive thru restaurant on that street does not do what the legislation was put in place to do. There are people who don't want a McDonald's at the end of the street,"  McNair said.

McDonald's sent FOX 8 the following statement:

"We understand and respect the history and beliefs of this community. We're excited about joining this neighborhood to offer great food served by great people and partnering with the community as a great neighbor."

Even though there are plenty of people in Ohio City who do not want the McDonald’s coming to their neighborhood, there are some people who said they want it because it gives them a more affordable place to go eat.

"I'm loving McDonald's. I love McDonald's because they have regular food for people in my community. I can afford their food."

McDonald's will be meeting with Cleveland’s planning commission in the near future to obtain a conditional use permit so they can move forward with the restaurant in Ohio City.

So far no date has been set.

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