Broadway McDonald's slated to be rebuilt

Company, Metro reach compromise for site of fire-damaged structure

Those yearning to buy their morning Egg McMuffins at the fire-damaged Broadway McDonald’s will be able to do so within the next four months.

Tom White, the Nashville-based attorney representing the international restaurant giant, told the Post today that work should begin in 30 days on a new building.

White said McDonald’s and Metro have reached a compromise that will allow the company to construct a new building that will be, compared to the current iteration, about 25 feet closer to 12th Avenue. He said the company will also provide more extensive landscaping and sidewalks than the city requires.

Unlike with the current site, which allows for surface parking that surrounds the building, the new McDonald’s will not have surface parking between the structure and 12th, with only a modest stretch of asphalt moving between the two. This arrangement is much more in line with the Metro Downtown Code, which focuses on pedestrian-oriented siting of buildings for the urban core. 

“This is a win-win for everybody,” said White, a member with downtown-based law firm Tune Entrekin & White. “Though McDonald’s wasn’t obligated to do these upgrades, they wanted to march to a higher beat. McDonald’s has had an exemplary relationship with Metro during this process.”

Bill Herbert, zoning administrator for the Metro Codes Department, said McDonald's officials and White were very reasonable to work with.

"Overall, it will be a great looking site when they are finshed," Herbert said. "We are looking forward to it. It was a real process — a lot of give and take and a lot of meetings. McDonald’s, quite frankly, has done a lot of work to make it comply with the code. They had to make some concessions."

Once construction begins, White said about 120 days will be required for completion. The final permits should be in hand by Tuesday, he added.

After a December 2011 fire, McDonald’s and Metro Planning Department officials frequently discussed the future of the site, on which the outdated and deteriorating building sits. (Read more here.) McDonald’s appealed the Metro Downtown Code, which requires new construction to be undertaken in an urban model — in short, with buildings that accommodate pedestrians as much, if not more so, than motorists.

Previously, the Downtown Code Design Review Committee disapproved a modification request for elimination of the required setback.

The Metro Planning Commission later denied a variance from the code, which would have allowed McDonald’s to raze the existing building and construct a contemporary replacement on its exact footprint.