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No happy meals on Gross Point Road

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Just ahead of a scheduled Evanston Zoning Board of Appeals hearing, McDonald's has withdrawn its plan to build a restaurant and drive-thru at 2500 Gross Point Road.

Aldeman Mark Tendam, whose 6th Ward includes the site, says an attorney for the restaurant chain, Bridget O'Keefe, asked city officials Friday to remove the proposal from Tuesday's ZBA agenda and withdraw the application from any furher consideration.

Neighbors had objected that the drive-thru would be too close to homes on Princeton Avenue, which abut the Gross Point Road property and the restaurant would create unmanageable traffic congestion at the intersection.

A city staff advisory panel had also recommended against approving the project, citing similar concerns to those of the neighbors.

Tendam, in an email to constituents thanked the neighbors who circulated petitions agains the project and and ciy staff "who articulated so well the numerous concerns" about the project.

The propoerty now houses an acquarium maintenance services and several other small businesses.

Top: A rendering of the proposed restaurant.

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