McDonald's Withdraws Current Application for Newtown Location

But the applicant will be resubmitting without the need for any zoning relief, according to attorney Ed Murphy.


McDonald's has withdrawn its current application for a Newtown location, Zoning Hearing Board Solicitor James Auchinleck announced Thursday.

Ed Murphy, the lawyer representing the applicant, confirmed the application has been withdrawn from the Zoning Hearing Board. But, he said, the applicant will be resubmitting a plan that does not require zoning relief. No further details were provided.

The hearing in front of the zoning board began in February and was to be continued this month, but the special meeting on the application scheduled for April 12 has been cancelled.

The application sought zoning relief to exceed the driveway aisle width requirement for a 3,911 square-foot fast food restaurant in the Village at Newtown Shopping Center. McDonald's proposed demolishing a 6,000 square foot building adjacent to  to construct a 58-seat restaurant with a drive-through window.

McDonald's needed zoning relief because the township’s ordinance requires all cart ways to be a minimum of 25 feet in width and was seeking to construct a drive-through window aisle that’s 18 feet wide in some areas.

Man Landers April 06, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Just find another location, McDonald's. Anyone who uses the shopping center on nights and weekends knows it will be a total nightmare in that spot, even with revised plans.
the VOICE April 06, 2012 at 05:11 PM
The Roads in the township need to be updated !
The Illuminati April 06, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Is it any wonder why businesses hate coming to Newtown? People want their cake and to eat it too. The reason our taxes are the lowest in the county is because of businesses in Newtown. Yet with our ridiculous zoning practices we scare good business off. We are not the healthy eating patrol, we are supposed to be municipal government. Maybe people should show some freakin restraint at the table and stop blaming Mcdonalds for their weight problems? You don't like McDonalds? Great...don't go! No one is holding gun to your head. The whole nanny state mentality is getting so old. Grow up people...make choices for yourselves and stop relying on government to do it for you. If McDonalds meets all of the (ridiculous business stifling) requirements the Township has put in place, then why shouldn't they be allowed to open? Yet these same people will complain when the inevitable tax increase that our republican supervisors continue to kick doen the road, eventually catches up and they get walloped with a giant bill.. All because they didn't set up favorable conditions for businesses to thrive in Newtown and also because they didn't pass small incremental tax increases over several years. Instead they have put us into a fiscal nightmare.
carol April 07, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Finally someone who gets it!!! Spoken with the absolute truth. Man up people of Newtown.
Newtownian April 07, 2012 at 11:42 AM
We need a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods! Not another fast food chain type store.
Harry April 07, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Well said Illuminati. If Mc Donalds wants to open and meets all the rulles and regulations so be it. If Traider Joe's or Whole foods, bank or even another spa think that they could make a go of it and meet the requirements - fine. Current market conditions will dictate who moves in. That shoping center is falling off a cliff (count the vacancies), the bleeding must stop before it's too late.
D C Signs April 07, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Agreed!! It's a quality of life issue for Newtown. I personally don't care if others want to eat cheap McDonald's GMO food but I would like to be able to purchase a wide range of healthy organic food that's close to home!! There are several Whole Foods and Traders Joe's in the surrounding areas but they are at least are a half hour drive from Newtown!! I for one am tired of driving to get quality meat and produce but will continue to do so if I have to! Just my little vent..........
Man Landers April 07, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Don't apply broad strokes here. This is an example of local government enforcing exisiting zoning laws that OUR COMMUNITY established and a potential business reacting to comply. If they can comply, great. If not, they will find another more suitable location. What's wrong or "stifling" about that?
Leslie Dunleavy April 07, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I just think it is a shame that the rent for properties, the cost to get space in Newtown, is so expensive that only the chain stores can afford to be here ... and everyone keeps saying that they want mom and pop stores, not chains ... we just lost a great book store, partly because of Amazon and partly due to the high cost of business here. A Shame ...
Mari April 09, 2012 at 12:15 AM
I agree with Illuminati. If you don't like the food, don't go. Meanwhile, that building is empty, as is the building close to the PNC bank/Ace Hardware store. Main street has a few empty spots, and let's not even get started on the old Acme place. I thought the people of Newtown were fair, and willing to give businesses a chance. Thought wrong I guess.
D C Signs April 09, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I won't go if McDonalds does happen to come here! I also have never been to the Wendy's or Chick fil A. I know they won't be hurting if I don't go, however I know there are plenty who don't want another cheap fast food place in Newtown. Do you think any business should be able to open shop here as long as they follow laws and pay their taxes? How about an adult shop? You may want to be "fair" but I personally would not want to see any business open shop here.
The Illuminati April 09, 2012 at 11:55 AM
@DC signs...C'mon really? Comparing McDs to a porn store? Thats just ridiculous. Also...a porn store has to be in a specific zone, not a mixed commercial zone such as the shopping center... If Newtown had a properly zoned area for a porn store and someone wanted to open one, who's business is it? Again...nanny state NIMBY thinking. Perhaps starbucks are just as offensive to some people as porn stores are? My point is government is supposed to facilitate commerce, not restrict it based on some mob mentality.
vcc33 April 09, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Harry, I guess that "current market conditions" is what closed the Newtown Book Store 2 months ago. You posted then that we need to support small business's. Is McDonalds what you had in mind? Can't have it both ways bud..... Illuminati....time to switch to decaf. Relax on the political slant as you are missing the point (and it makes no sense....."lowest taxes in county b/c our businesses", yet our repulblican supervisors are "kicking the can"?????). Nobody is asking the gov't for a handout or to babysit them. The people who don't want a McDonalds here simply don't eat at McDonald's anywhere! Their Big Macs aren't going to lure those those people in. They simply want better alternatives, that's it. So breathe deeply, smile and enjoy your week!
D C Signs April 09, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Ok I was kidding about the adult type of business but my point was that it's a quality of life issue for many who want Newtown to remain a nice place to live. McDonalds is cheap garbage food in my humble opinion and I wish that there were more choices for healthy organic food. You may feel that business should be free of what your refer to as a "nanny state" others like me just want a nice community to live in.
Harry April 09, 2012 at 05:06 PM
OK lets all take up a vote for what we want to open up in the vacant stores in the shopping centers, contact the companies and then shop in a wonderland of our selected stores. That's not how it works. Do I want more big box and chains - heck no! All I'm saying is that if a legit company wants to come and open up and abide by the rules and regulations so be it. PS. I don't eat at McDonalds, when I want good burger I go to Isaac's
Man Landers April 09, 2012 at 05:36 PM
McDonalds wanted a drive thru 30% larger than zoning permits. They applied for a variance and withdrew it before it was likely denied. They can reapply or find another, more suitable location that will allow their wide drive thru. End of story to this point. And you know, I like my local government to uphold and enforce zoning regulations as is their elected responsibility. That's the only issue here. Everything else is rhetoric that's disconnected from the reality of the circumstance.
Kara Seymour April 09, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Johnny Mac, I've repeatedly deleted your comments because they are not based in fact and I would prefer not to propagate rumors on the site. McGrath has not submitted any application to construct a McDonald's at the former Acme site.
Man Landers April 09, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Uh, McDonald's VOLUNTARILY withdrew their application. And personally, I don't want our government in the business of "facilitating" commerce. Think NAFTA, the local Delaware River Port Authority, and interstate banking deregulation as a few reasons why. Talk about your "nanny state," that's it right there.
Mrs G April 10, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Get your facts straight. They were seeking a narrower lane not wider.
Matt April 14, 2012 at 06:35 PM
To you a McDonalds is acceptable, how about an adult bookstore. I'm sure you would have issue with that, but wouldn't your same arguments apply.... "show restraint", "don't like it, don't go, no one is holding a gun to your head", "if they meet zoning requirements...", "make your own choices, don't rely on govt". In fact, an adult bookstore would have less traffic, less lights, and require less of a footprint... but the uproar would be tenfold...why? Because people care about what is in their town. I'm not advocating an adult bookstore at all, but rather illustrating the point that it is not just a matter of meeting local building requirements, but understanding what a McDonalds says about the people who live in that community, and McDonalds screams “Unhealthy food for people who don’t care what they eat, where they eat it or what its made out of, as long as its cheap and fast”. Maybe that’s our mantra, but its certainly not mine.
Renee September 27, 2012 at 05:53 PM
We don't need a McDonald. In fact we don't need any additional restaurants in Newtown.
Renee September 27, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Are we trying to make Newtown a city; there are plenty restaurants in Newtown, we don't need any more especially one as unhealthy as McDonald. It is even harder now to drive from one end to the other because of traffic.
Renee September 27, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I agree a total nightmare. Keep it as an office space. No Mc Donald.
Renee September 27, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Yes. We would rather have a big yellow M in the middle of our quant town. Why not build a city and smash everything together.
Renee September 27, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Shur hurt the little people and put a franchise in town, that will help the other businesses of Newtown thrive. We already have Chick-fil-a and Wendy's sure I see your reasoning; because we have them why not put in McDonalds. Lets see what kinda crowd that will draw to our lovely residence.
Renee September 27, 2012 at 06:06 PM
go drive to Trader Joe's if we want McDonalds drive to Richboro. No need to put one here in Newtown.
Renee September 27, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Now Cosi is gone, But Why put in a McDonald's. Businesses are fine but a franchise is different then the businesses we should be supporting. We have enough pizza and burger joints in town.
Renee September 27, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I prefer the quality of life and want a nice community I don't believe McDonald fits in this community.
Renee September 27, 2012 at 06:17 PM
if I want a burger I go to the non franchise local restaurants. They may not be a dollar or four dollars but they are very good and healthier for me.
Renee September 27, 2012 at 06:19 PM
They have always said they want to preserve our open spaces, I hope they stick to it.


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