After more than 50 years on Sloane Avenue, the Golden Arches of McDonald's were brought down on Friday morning.
It was part of the plan to “de-arch” the McDonald’s so that it can be converted into a new catering space for Nature’s Bin.
The Sloane Avenue location of McDonald’s moved to its new home on the site of the former Detroit Theatre.
Earlier this year, 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.
The project has gotten some help from neighbors. Part of the extensive renovation was paid for by the Cleveland Foundation, which chipped in $150,000.
“This new space will enable us to increase the number of food prep trainees from four a year to as many as 24 annually, while also expanding our catering services in the community” said Scott Duennes, executive director of Cornucopia, in a news release. “We are grateful to the Cleveland Foundation for supporting this expansion by coming in with the largest single donation to date for this project.”
Nature's Bin/Cornucopia is now within $200,000 of its $1 million project goal.
Along with the Cleveland Foundation grant and the recently announced City of Lakewood forgivable loan of $75,000, other philanthropic support has included funding from the Community WestFoundation, Deaconess Community Foundation, James Kirkwood Fund, Nord Family Foundation, Reinberger Foundation, Sullivan Family Foundation, and Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
The renovation is expected to begin by the end of the year, with the new space operating by late spring.