Despite not having a “wow” factor the proposed McDonald’s restaurant at the northeast corner of Ind. 32 and Wheeler Road was approved by the Westfield Advisory Plan Commission – reluctantly.
“We just wanted to have a landmark building, an iconic building, anywhere near Grand Park,” APC President Ken Kingshill said. “Westfield is turning into something we are all going to be proud of.”
Despite having APC members challenge developers to “be unique in architectural design” with the new facility, Kingshill said the proposal meets the bare minimum.
“As long as they comply we have to approve,” he said. “We were hoping for something better.”
Kingshill said as part of the McDonald’s franchise, the proposed designs are based on efficiency of production and service.
“They had their reasons for it,” Kingshill said. “We want people to see it and remember it.”
Westfield Associate Planner Andrew Murray said the building, which includes brick and cultured stone, has frontage on Ind. 32, Wheeler Road and Tournament Trail. The proposed 5,011 square-foot structure at 945 Tournament Trail includes a patio seating area located south of the structure.
The property, which is approximately 1.1 acres, falls within the Ind. 32 Overlay Zone, which requires additional development and architectural standards to the underlying general business district. Murray said the standard as stated in the “32 Overlay” read: “Modulation of the roofs and/or roof lines shall be required in order to eliminate the appearance of box-shaped buildings.”