Plans are underway for a new McDonald’s restaurant on the southwest corner of Covell Road and Interstate 35.
This will be the first eating establishment in the 300-acre development on three sides of the intersection that includes a hotel, conference center and indoor sports complex.
Planning commissioners recommended approval of a site plan for a new 4,365-square-foot building with seating for 87 people. City council members will make a final decision at their Jan. 27 meeting.
McDonald’s asked for a variance to the city code for I-35 landscaping. Owners want to install 122 plant units in a 10-foot wide median on a new street called Market Street instead of putting the plantings on McDonald’s property.
Although Chairman Barry Moore approved the request, Moore said Wednesday he thinks McDonald’s is a large enough business that it could purchase enough plants for its property and the median and not have to ask the city for a variance.
“This is not a ma and pa burger place,” Moore said. “It is walking distance from a conference center. This is a prime location in Edmond.”
The new building will be constructed on a 37,728-square-foot lot with city utilities. Infrastructure on this site is almost complete.
The development is expected to include other restaurants, entertainment and retail. A new Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store also is in the plans, developers said.