Seems like the proposal to build a McDonald’s restaurant on the property of the former Detroit Theatre is still on the table.
The fast-food giant submitted preliminary plans to the city’s Architectural Board of Review late last week. Those designs aren’t yet available to the public.
Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development, said he hasn’t had enough time to “digest the plans,” but added he plans to spend some time this week going over them.
“Obviously, (McDonald's) listened to the board’s comments about concerns over traffic impact,” he said.
At its meeting in July, the architectural board of review expressed a number of concerns over the proposal to demolish the decades-old theater and plant the Golden Arches in its place.
The primary concern, however, was traffic flow at the intersection of Detroit and Woodward avenuss.
The building — at 16409 Detroit Avenue — has been on the market for years with a price tag of $695,000, but gained little interest. With declining attendance in an industry that has struggled to remain financially viable, the Detroit Theatre closed the curtain earlier this year after 87 years.