Plans for a proposed McDonald’s in the Village of Newtown East Shopping Center will be reviewed tonight by the Newtown Township Planning Commission. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Newtown Township Administration Building.
The land development application, which was submitted in August, seeks to put a 3,911 square-foot fast food restaurant with a drive-through window on the site of Office Place East, a building adjacent to Wells Fargo Bank.
The plans, which are available for public viewing at the township Administration Building, call for a 58-seat restaurant with 41 dedicated parking spaces. That number of spaces is the requirement by township zoning laws and is based on a formula of one spot per two seats plus one per employee.
The plans also call for an entrance and exit to be constructed off Durham Road.
Many local residents are already well aware of McDonald’s intent to construct a location in Newtown. Last winter, opponents created a Facebook page, “Say No To McDonald’s At Village Of Newtown East,” which now has 270 “likes.”
In March, more than 50 people attended an informal presentation by McDonald’s representatives that was given at a Board of Supervisors meeting. The majority of the public comment during the meeting was in opposition to the proposal due to the resulting traffic, parking issues, noise, and trash in the area.