In the land of Ronald McDonald, taking apart a shuttered McDonald’s is known as “de-arching.”
That’s the process about to take place at the fast food restaurant on Sloane Avenue, as it moves to its new home on the site of the former Detroit Theatre.
Last month, officials announced that McDonald’s was selling the property to its eastern neighbor, Cornucopia (Nature’s Bin).
The building will be used as the vocational training center, kitchen and catering center for Nature’s Bin, which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
But first, there are a few building design hurdles.
According to the application to the city’s architectural board of review, the fast food giant is requesting a few changes — including the removal of all McDonald’s logos; replacement of the recognizable roof and roofline; addition of new wooden trim; and the installation of a new garage door for deliveries will be installed.
With no need for a drive-thru, the parking lot will also undergo a redesign, according to the proposal.
“We’ve been searching in Lakewood for the past year to have an off-site commissary,” Scott Duennes, the executive director of Cornucopia, told Lakewood Patch earlier this year. “This is tremendous for us. This will help to launch our catering program.”
He said the store’s current training/baking/kitchen space will increase from 600 square feet to more than 3,500 square feet.
“It’s really going to help us develop a food service curriculum,” Duennes added.
He also said that the expansion would free up additional space for grocery shopping.