Plans to demolish the Brownsville Road McDonalds and build a new McDonalds café style restaurant have hit a small bump in the road.
Appearing before the Pittsburgh Zoning Board on Thursday, Jan. 26, McDonalds' officials requested permission to build a new café style restaurant with a double drive through lane. However, several neighbors of the restaurant were also in attendance with questions about safety and litter.
Before making a decision on the zoning request, the Zoning Board asked McDonalds to hold a community meeting to gain input from the neighborhoods. Representatives from the restaurant agree to host a meeting at the McDonalds, 624 Brownsville Road on Monday, Feb. 6 beginning at 7 p.m.
Area residents around the restaurant are welcome to attend.
In addition to McDonalds' officials, there will be from the City of Pittsburgh City Planning Department.
Prior to the restaurant opening in 1985 representatives from McDonalds had addressed some of the same issues. At the time, they said the traditional policy for security was to negotiate with the local police force for off-duty officers on weekends, if needed, or for "rent-a-cops."
Residents at the time were also concerned about litter generated from the restaurant. McDonalds' representatives said there would be about five litter cans on the outside of the building and staff would "police" an area of about two blocks around the restaurant each morning.