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McDonald's Drive Thru Voted Down



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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

If a McDonalds is built at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Stockton Boulevard, it will not have a drive thru. 

But, it's possible the restaurant won't be built at all if there is no a drive-up window.  McDonald's franchisee, John Ritchie issued a statement through the corporation after the Council vote. 

RITCHIE: "Our restaurant would have created much-needed jobs in a community with high unemployment and limited transportation options. It is unfortunate that the Council members did not agree."

But, Rebecca Gallagher with McDonald's USA says the project may move forward.

GALLAGHER: "McDonald's remains committed to the Oak Park neighborhood and maintain that we would contribute greatly to this community. Wherever we do business, we strive to be a good neighbor. We have taken the feedback from the City Council, the Planning Commission and area residents and will continue to explore our options."

The city's Planning Commission had approved the restaurant, but denied the drive thru application in April after people who live in Oak Park complained.  The Commission then denied an appeal filed by Ritchie.

The lot at 2nd Ave. and Stockton Blvd. is also across from an obesity clinic.  Several people who live in the area said putting fast food so close to the clinic was not in the community's best interest.

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