Council members discuss water tower demolition, park

McDonald’s rebuild comes before council

Council member Karen Rustin presents park committee chairman Kevin Russell with artists' renditions of a possible veterans memorial for the planned city park where the old water tower now stands at the corner of Highways 77 and 90.

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 10:42 AM.

CHIPLEY — Ronald McDonald will be homeless in Chipley for a couple of months.

The Chipley City Council discussed the plans to rebuild the McDonald’s Restaurant from the ground up during Thursday’s council workshop at City Hall.

The project development order was recommended for approval by the city planning commission on March 28, and the council will vote whether or not to approve the request during Tuesday’s city council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

The McDonald’s is located at 1291 Main Street and the rebuild will also allow for a redesign of the parking lot, which has had traffic issues.

“If you pull out of the restaurant and try to turn left on Brickyard Aveune, you cause all kinds of problems,” City Administrator Dan Miner said. Getting in the drive-in lane from Main Street is also difficult due to traffic.

McDonald’s USA LLC plans to demolish the existing fast food restaurant along with all parking facilities and storm water management facilities, then reconstruct a new restaurant as well as parking facilities and storm water management facilities.

“There will be a retention pond where the play area is now,” said Jason Toole, an engineer with CPH Engineers Inc. of Panama City. “There will not be a play area at the new restaurant.”

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