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Lakeville to Get Third McDonald's; No Word on Fate of Dino's

Lakeville's City Council on Monday approved a plan to raze the building Dino's Gyros calls home, and build a McDonald's restaurant in its place.

Lakeville will be getting its third McDonald's restaurant, but it may be losing a popular gyro restaurant in the process.

On Monday night, Lakeville's City Council approved plans to demolish the building sitting at 179th Street West and Cedar Avenue—in the anchored Lakeville Crossing mall—that Dino's Gyros calls home, so McDonald's can construct a new restaurant in its place.

There's no word yet as to where Dino's would relocate, if at all.

According to city officials, the building is about 10 years old, and McDonald's would actually keep the foundational footprint of the existing structure. City documents say McDonald's identified the area as a location for a restaurant as far back as 2003, but didn't build.

According to a story in Sun Thisweek, there was tepid support at a planning commission meeting about the project on April 5, with the vote split 2-2 (three members were absent). The biggest concern raised was traffic, and the potential drive-thru lane emptying into the existing right-of-way.

Generally, the City Council unofficially requires projects with a conditional use permit, such as this, to be approved by the planning commission, but the group approved the conditional use permit for the project on a 4-0 vote anyway.

It's not known when construction will begin.

McDonald's has two other locations in Lakeville already, including a at the corner of Dodd Boulevard and Kenwood Trail, as well as a corporate owned , at County Road 70 and Interstate 35.

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Derrick Williams (Editor) April 17, 2012 at 05:41 PM
What do you think of the City Council decision? Do you like Dino's? Do you want another McDonald's?
Jen Blackburn April 17, 2012 at 06:15 PM
This sucks. I live right by there and definitely do not want or need a McDonald's so close. My family enjoys eating Dino's on occasion so I really hope if they do end up closing down, they rebuild somewhere nearby.
MJ April 17, 2012 at 08:32 PM
1 McDonalds in a 5 mile radius is just fine, thanks. 2 McDonalds is too many, 3 is disguisting and doesnt reflect well for Lakeville or the City Council at all that they have such little imagination or lack of options or value for our city to allow 3 of the same fast food giants in our one little city. Even Apple Valley only has 1 McDonalds!
Derrick Williams (Editor) April 17, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Devil's advocate: Does it sway you at all that, from a legal perpective, there's not likely a whole lot the Council can do? The owners are interested, and McDonald's passes all the city's requirements for development—even the CUP was fairly cut and dry.
MJ April 17, 2012 at 08:42 PM
If we residents actively apposed the McD folks they would have found somewhere more friendly to build. Legally we may not be able to stop them but do we have to make it so darn easy for them? We can't get any of the stores people REALLY want yet we are forced to see another junk food establishment go up? I will go without eating if McDonalds is the only option and i doubt i'm alone in that statement. Whats more sad is that there are not many healthy options around like Dino's so now we lose a great local guy restaurant to be replaced by another high-fat place we could drive 2 miles away for the same thing. Perhaps if our Council let McDonalds know they dont want them here the McD people would find another location where they are wanted. But I suppose this is actually about the almighty dollar and as usual, never about what the Residents actually want.
MJ April 18, 2012 at 02:03 AM
I'm also concerned that only about 1/2 of the Council Members were present for this important vote!
Tom Williams April 18, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Another of the least healthy menu on the planet fast food joint! Does not say much for the choices of the residents. Just don't go there and they will go away.
JAF April 18, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I agree with Michelle, what a lack of imagination by the City! My family lives in Farmington and frequents Dino's while avoiding places like McDonalds; if this goes through, we will be disappointed. Lakeville residents need to step up here!!
Andrew April 18, 2012 at 02:40 PM
People should read the city code as should 2 of the Planning Commission members who voted no. I read it for this very project as I live at 170th and Cedar. The concerns raised by the Planning Commission members voting no and the posts here are not a reason to vote no based on what the code is!
Andrew April 18, 2012 at 02:43 PM
4 of 5 City Council members were there for the vote. It was the Planning Commission that had 4 of 7 present.
Andrew April 18, 2012 at 03:12 PM
A year ago I would have been in heaven over this announcement as I ate at McDonald's a couple times a week and live just up the road from this location. Now I've lost 75lbs and am training for my first 1/2 marathon next month. A big part of my change was my diet and that included no longer eating at McDonald's. So I understand the negative attitude towards 'fast food'. But the market will decide what companies go where and which ones last. It should not be the Planning Commission or the City Council to vote no just because it is McDonald's wanting to build there. People complain they don't want fast food yet look at the struggles of what is now Copper River right next to this project. It is about the almighty dollar and businesses won't go if there isn't any to be made. There is still a lot of open land right in this area, put some effort into attracting the type of businesses people 'really want' to see come to Lakeville if not happy with the businesses that are already willing to come here.
Julia Michelsen April 18, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I, too, am disgusted that Lakeville has another McDonald's to tolerate. I really don't care if they (McDonald's planners) passed codes, etc. Where is the backbone of our city planners to say "We already have 2 McDonalds, thank you, we will consider other options. " I don't know of any resident who thinks this is the best choice for Lakeville!
mike April 18, 2012 at 05:52 PM
DISGUSTING! Why must we have these fast food restaurants???? Put in a PANERA bread, or a Brueggers. I am very dissapointed!
John Mcnallan April 18, 2012 at 05:53 PM
John McNallan Dinos is one of our favorite restaurants. Fantastic food & service. We hope they relocate in Lakeville.
Julia Michelsen April 18, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Mike *** Panera Bread or Brueggers is a great idea. I am just appalled that there is no consideration outside of another McDonalds?? If someone wants to start a petition to stop this from happening, I will happily gather signatures. Or will I be told we are too late in the process? If anyone reading has more insight about community involvement with this issue - please let me know!
Tamara F April 18, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I agree a Panera, Chipolte, anything other than Mickey D's!
Heather D April 18, 2012 at 11:37 PM
The reason a McDonald's will be going in is that Dino's didn't really draw in that many customer; especially during the day. I am surprised that the Hasses are puttting in a McDonald's given the proximity to 3 McDonald's in an 8 mile radius. I would think that a Burger King, Wendy's or Taco Bell would be a better choice. I'm sure the did studies. It is apparent that most citizens do not understand how zoning and city planning works. The city does not own this land and it was zoned for commercial use. As a building alreday exists there alreday the property owners merely need to follow procedure as changing the current restaurant requires construction/demolition. I would recommend talking to a member of the Council or the planning committee to find out more about how this kind of process works. When land has been zoned for commercial use and a business wants to build there most of the time they can't refuse a business. Hence, why Lakveille has so many banks!
Vanessa April 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM
I agree Jen, this sucks! We do not need another McDonald's in Lakeville......
Jason April 19, 2012 at 02:26 PM
There are valid points on both sides. Realistically, there was no basis for the Planning Commission to vote no on this. Make McDonalds bend over backwards to satisfy traffic and other Code requirements, yes. But not to halt the project altogether, long term. The basis to overturn the project rests with the policy makers in Lakeville - our City Council. And typically, where a land owner and commercial developer have worked out a deal with a legitimate and responsible business, such as McDonald's, the City Council will be reluctant to halt a project based largely on general public sentiment. It is no surprise this project is moving forward. That said, it is more than fair to point to this development as yet another example of the overall lack of imagination and plan for Lakeville's commercial development that is becoming clearer by the day. In general, commercial businesses seem to be driving the growth plan and vision for Lakeville, and not the other way around. Interested in dropping another big box store or fast food restaurant anywhere you want in Lakeville? Come on in!! Worried about being an eastern Lakeville business when we have an anything goes policy on the Interstate side? You should be. In general, retail here is king, and we are waiting for the market to "save us" instead of working hard to drive the market to Lakeville. It's wrong. "Poised to Thrive"? Perhaps. But Lakeville's leaders need to demonstrate that in actions, not just $30,000 worth of words.
ABSG April 19, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I think Lakeville should get Chipolte's attention and get them to build here. I also believe the bodies that are in charge of economic development for Lakeville are terrible in the retail arena. They obviously lack the experience to attract the types of retail businesses that other Cities seem to have zero problems attracting. As for the devils advocate question: I believe a City/Council/Planning Commission should have the right and the last word on what companies they will allow. Codes are like Rules - they are meant to be amended and/or broken! They wouldn't allow a strip joint I am sure.
ABSG April 20, 2012 at 01:39 AM
They can't refuse McDonald's, but they can refuse an Independent Liquor Store??????? The City can amend their codes however they want...again they wouldn't allow a Strip Joint to be built there either.
Saundra April 23, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I am disappointed that the Council voted to add another McDonald's to Lakeville. Its even worse that they are kicking out another business to put it in. Lakeville could use more restaurants but they should be a variety of food types. Like others said, I rather see a Chipotle, Noodles, Panera, almost anything besides another McDonalds.
John Petter April 25, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Council doesn't control what comes in. Dino's is choosing to leave for lack of profits and the owner needs to fill the area.
Mark April 25, 2012 at 09:01 PM
People in Lakeville have only themselves to blame if the community didn't support Dino's
Andrew May 02, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Dino's posted on Facebook today that the Lakeville location is now closed.
David May 03, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I would rather have some different food choices other than McDonalds, but the statement that is unhealty depends on what you eat. They do serve good salads and the average Chipotle burrito is no better than a double butter burger. You have to make the correct choices where ever you go to eat.
David May 03, 2012 at 12:32 AM
The average bagel with cream cheese has more calories and fat than TWO Egg McMuffins.
Paul May 04, 2012 at 11:26 AM
We wanted to go to Dino's one last time only to find they have already closed. Was hoping it would not be so quick. I guess we will probably see the Mc Donald's in here before winter.
nicol Britton July 03, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Wow!! Scott was the best person to deal with at Dinos! How are you going to take a healthy food development away, in return for McDonald's? Yea like we need our kids to get fatter off that crap, how many McDonald's do you need our there? 3 in LakeVille already, are you kidding me?

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