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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