REPORT: Batavia McDonald's Demolition Set For Week of Sept. 4
The old-school location on Wilson Street is coming down, according to media reports.
UPDATE: Photos of the downtown McDonald's demolition are now posted.
If you want one last look at the current Batavia McDonald's, you better do it soon.
That's because the existing building at 125 W. Wilson St. will be demolished to make way for an updated restaurant that includes a double drive-thru. The demolition is scheduled to begin this week, the Kane County Chronicle reports.
Construction of the modern McDonald's will take about 60 days, followed by a grand opening sometime in November, according to the Aurora Beacon-News.
The Batavia City Planning Commission met multiple times this year with McDonald's developers to review and vote on plans for the revamp. The upcoming 4,000-plus sq. ft. restaurant will be smaller than the current location, which went up back in 1978.
Officials said the Batavia location was in need of relief from traffic build-ups in the drive through. 72 percent of modern fast-food business is in the drive thru, said Kurt Neubauer, former McDonald's rebuild manager, during an April 4 Plan Commission meeting.
The Commission asked McDonald's to make changes, but ultimately decided to go back to an earlier design.
The McDonald's downtown Batavia location is the only one of the global franchise within city limits. The company has nearby restaurants at 1812 S. Randall Road in Geneva, 1505 Butterfield Road in Aurora and 190 Hansen Boulevard in North Aurora.
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