Bye-bye drive-through on Telegraph: A pedestrian friendly solution to the Temescal McDonald’s redesign

16 May

You might be wondering what happened after the City Council directed the Temescal McDonald’s owner and the appellants to meet to try to find a compromise. Well, I have some very good news to share.

The applicant and McDonald’s owner, Ed Smith, met with a small group of the appellants last Thursday and came to an agreement on some design issues. The details are still being hammered out, so I don’t have a design to share here yet, but, most importantly, the drive-through will no longer be next to the Telegraph sidewalk – it will be moved to the back of the building.

That is the main thing I and the other appellants were fighting for, and I’m so glad that Smith recognized that there was a design that could accommodate the business and community needs. I am incredibly grateful that he met with us and worked so hard to find a solution. I also am grateful to the Council, particularly Jane Brunner, for believing that the appellants and applicants could work together to find an agreed upon design and for giving us the opportunity to do so.

So what does this mean, exactly? Well, the City Council still has to vote tomorrow (Tuesday) night on our appeal. Since the appellants and the applicants have found a solution, we’re very hopeful that the Council will approve the agreed upon plans, but it’s still important to show up.

Please join us to speak briefly about your support for the compromise plan and to thank the Council and McDonald’s for finding a solution that works for everyone.

The non-consent calendar part of the meeting starts at 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 17th in the Council Chambers in City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza. Our item is second on the non-consent part of the agenda so please arrive early, and know that the item will be done by a reasonable hour. You can fill out a speaker card online.

We haven’t planned anything yet, but I am sure many of the appellants and supporters will be going out nearby to celebrate after the meeting, and we’d love for you to join us.

Please also email the Council before the meeting to express your support for the compromise. Here is contact info for the Council:

Rebecca Kaplan, At-Large or 510-238-7008

Council President Jane Brunner, District 1 or 510-238-7001

Patricia Kernighan, District 2 or 510-238-7002

Nancy Nadel, District 3 or 510-238-7003

Libby Schaaf, District 4 or 510-238-7004

Ignacio De La Fuente, District 5 or 510-238-7005

Desley Brooks, District 6 or 510-238-7006

Larry Reid, District 7 or 510-238-7007

I hope you’ll join us at City Hall, but if you can’t, I’ll post the design here later this week.

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10 Responses to “Bye-bye drive-through on Telegraph: A pedestrian friendly solution to the Temescal McDonald’s redesign”

  1. John Knox White May 16, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    Awesome job. While it’s too bad that the owner wouldn’t just sit and hear you out before all this time was spent, it’s great to see everyone come together and find a solution that can meet everyone’s needs and serve the community.

  2. Gene May 16, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    w00t! Great work.

  3. len raphael May 16, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Congratulations and thank you. We’ll turn you into a Temescal NIMBY yet. Just wait till you move here and one of those 70 feet buildings you like cuts off the sun to your heirloom tomatoes. Not being sarcastic.

    -len raphael, temescal

    • Becks May 16, 2011 at 10:04 am #

      You’re welcome, but that scenario is unlikely.

      My neighbor’s trees crowded out the sunlight for my heirloom tomatoes last year. I didn’t go to the Planning Commission or Council and demand that these trees be cut down. Instead, I moved the tomatoes and they’re doing quite well this year (I discovered the first few tomatoes growing this weekend).

      There is no way a single building (or tree) could crowd out a property’s sunlight all day long. Sometimes you just need to be creative and ready to adapt. That’s part of what urban living is about.

    • Colin May 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

      I wish a developer would build a 70 foot mixed-use building next door to me… it would sure beat the Church’s Chicken drive-through!

      And I can always move my herb garden.

  4. Eric Panzer May 16, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    Great job, Becks! It’s refreshing to at least have the vicarious experience of a victory.

  5. Anthony Sanchez May 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    Congratulations! I am happy to hear it worked out! Typically, people who appeal projects here in Berkeley in order to improve them with community considerations in mind aren’t recieved well here -they’re seen as obstructionists who can’t their way. It’s great to see that’s not the case in Oakland and that community improvements can be accomplished in the public process of development without rancor or establishment condemnation.

  6. am May 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    great avenue for community involvement; generating interest in resurfacing sections of nearby Temescal Creek, now that would be echosystem user friendly…..

  7. Fatboy May 1, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    You really got this mickeydees to close down just to put the drive thru in a different spot? Why waste your time and close down our favorite late night drive thru? Where do i go now? Jack in the box doesn’t cut it.

    • Rebecca Saltzman May 8, 2012 at 9:08 am #

      The owner wanted to demolish the McDonald’s and build a new one. Whether we had gotten involved or not, the McDonald’s would have been demolished. Because of our involvement, what is going to be built there is a design improvement.

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