Still Not ‘Lovin’ it’? Battle Over McDonald’s Back On

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OHIO CITY--The battle to keep a McDonald's restaurant out of Ohio City is back on.

"We want this to be a bicycle-friendly, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood," said Ward 3 Councilman Joe Cimperman.

Councilman Cimperman represents some residents strongly opposed to the idea of a McDonald's in Ohio City.

"We know that if you do a 2-gauge, 24-hour drive-thru on a side street with schools and playgrounds, you are going to put our children in jeopardy,"said Councilman Cimperman.

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

They were denied permission to build a restaurant at the corner of Lorain Road and Fulton Avenue.

"By this appeal, they basically said that the planning commission made an arbitrary decision that they didn't have the grounds to make the decision that they did. The truth is the planning commission makes a thousand decisions a year that aren't challenged," said Councilman Cimperman.

Residents have voiced concerns about extra traffic, and the potential danger posed to pedestrians, including school children.

"We want local businesses around here. And we want the bike path to make it more walkable environment rather than cars backed up because of a drive-thru," said Justin Carson, local business owner.

Other residents indicated that a McDonald’s did not fit the neighborhood atmosphere of Ohio City.

"The people have their own feel here. They kind of stay different than the rest of Cleveland. You can tell with the houses and the businesses. I think it would bring it down a little," said Jiovanni Semidy, local business owner.

The owner of the restaurant has said in the past, he was a small businessman who partnered with a big company, and that he would “respect and honor” any neighborhood where he did business.

"I don't understand why everyone is so upset. It wouldn't bother me," said Curtis Griffin, resident.

But the residents who are bothered plan to have their voices heard by attending the board of zoning appeals meeting Tuesday morning.

The meeting is set to get under way Tuesday morning at 9:30 in Cleveland City Hall.

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