YAKIMA, Wash. — McDonald’s Corp. has filed a land-use application with the city of Yakima for a new location at the former Grand Buffet property at the corner of First Street and Yakima Avenue.
Property owner Patty Schneider confirmed McDonald’s plans for the site at 19 E. Yakima Ave. in November after she signed a 20-year-lease with the Oak Brook, Ill.-based fast-food chain.
According to the application, McDonald’s plans to demolish the existing building and build a new 4,234-square-foot restaurant with a drive-thru.
Late last year, the city of Yakima rejected a proposed land-use application for a development on the corner of Second Street and Yakima Avenue that reportedly was to include a Starbucks with a drive-thru. The project was rejected due to the safety issues involving a proposed curb break for the drive-thru on Yakima Avenue.
The proposed drive-thru for the new McDonald’s location won’t have the same issues. There is one new curb break proposed off Yakima Avenue, but it’s far enough from the intersection of First Street and Yakima Avenue.
The other project got a more extensive review because the proposed curb break on Yakima Avenue was less than 100 feet from the intersection of Second Street and Yakima Avenue.
Since a restaurant is already a permitted use on the property, the application will only be reviewed by city planning staff for compliance with planning standards. No public comment or hearing is required.
Schneider previously said that she has final say over the restaurant’s design, something she hopes will enable McDonald’s to better blend in with the downtown area.