A new look is on the way for one of 23rd Street’s fast food pioneers.
Leaders with the local McDonald’s franchise have filed plans with the city to tear down the store at 901 W. 23rd St. and replace it with a larger version.
“That store has been around since 1970, so we’re excited to bring a fresh look to the site,” said Patrick Manning, a spokesman for the local franchise.
The company is awaiting city approval before setting a timeline for the project. But Manning said the company hopes the work can be done this summer, with a new store open by mid-September. Plans call for the current store’s drive-thru to remain open during the project, but the dine-in section of the restaurant will be closed while the new store is constructed.
The new store will be built slightly east of the current store, and will include a double drive-thru lane. It also will use two kitchens, which will allow the store to serve breakfast until 11:30 a.m.
Manning said the exterior of the store will look similar to the McDonald’s at Sixth and Wakarusa, although the store will not have an indoor playground.
In other development news:
• It won’t be a North Lawrence grocery store, but a northsider has filed for a conditional use permit that would allow her to set up a neighborhood meat and produce market at her farm.
Natalya Lowther, an owner of Pinwheel Farm, is seeking to expand her ability to sell a variety of food products at her farm at 1480 N. 1700 Road, which is just north of the city limits near North Street.
Lowther sells produce and lamb from her farm, but she would like to allow other area farmers to sell eggs, milk, beef and other produce at her site, too. Lowther said she wants to keep the business geared toward the North Lawrence neighborhood.
“If we outgrow what can be conveniently handled by the neighborhood or if it has any negative impact on the neighborhood, we’ll be the first to say we need to do something different,” Lowther said. “But if we can establish a successful little fresh market here, it could be the impetus for us to go rent an empty storefront in North Lawrence.”
The conditional use permit will need to receive approval from the Douglas County Commission before the project can proceed.
• A floodplain development permit has been applied for at the 12th and Haskell Bargain Center. The site, which has a recycling operation and salvage yard, recently was the focus of inspections by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The permit seeks to do some grading work at the site to comply with KDHE issues. The city is seeking more details on the project before moving ahead on the permit application.
• The owners of 715, a new restaurant at 715 Mass. have filed to add sidewalk dining to their location.