Horizon West Drive-Thru McDonald's Approved
|Horizon West Frye PD -- Lakeside Village on C.R. 535. McDonald's is the outparcel.|
|Winter Garden Village--No pedestrian amenities between Target and McDonald's. The drive-thru McDonald's at Lakeside Village in Horizon West would have a similar layout. |
Site Plan Needs Adjustments
On September 21, the Board of County Commissioners approved a special exception for a drive-thru McDonald's at the Lakeside Village Center, on C.R. 535 in Horizon West. The location is across from the existing apartments and condominiums. The applicant, Boyd Development Company (no relation to Commissioner Scott Boyd) proposed a suburban prototype McDonald's like the one at Sembler's Winter Garden Village. Try walking (with children) from Target to McDonald's. Without sidewalks, it's dangerous and uncomfortable. The proposed siteplan would undermine Horizon West's pedestrian-oriented requirements and needs adjustment.
McDonald's suburban prototypes wrap the drive-thru and parking around the building. When walking to or from the restaurant, one might feel a moment of discomfort worrying about a vehicle pulling out of the drive-thru queue with the driver looking into his bag of burgers and fries to make sure the order is correct. Others might not comprehend the danger to themselves or to their children.
|McDonald's "Winter Garden Village" auto-only suburban prototype|
|McDonald's "Winter Garden Village" prototype has a typical drive-thru wrap-around.|
|McDonald's "Toronto" prototype. Toronto disallows drive-thru facilities that cut off sidewalk access.|
|TacoBell at SoDo, Orange Avenue, Orlando.|
|Ybor City, Tampa McDonald's|
|Ybor City McDonald's outdoor dining.|
The developer's attorney told me they're amenable to what we're trying to achieve. Commissioner Boyd is in support. Orange County staff wants to work with us to improve the plan. Stay tuned.