The Design Review Committee approved plans for a $200,000 dual drive-through for the McDonald’s on Fifth Avenue, across the street from Youngstown State University’s Stambaugh Stadium.
The current single drive-through for carry-outs at the restaurant gets so backed up at times that vehicles are on Fifth Avenue waiting to order, said John Perdue, its owner.
The double lane would reduce the time in the drive-through with two employees taking orders, he said.
The two lanes then would merge into one with every customer paying at the same location, Perdue said.
The project would result in about eight fewer parking spots in the rear of the property.
The committee oversees exterior work in the city’s downtown and surrounding areas. The committee unanimously approved the proposal at its Tuesday meeting.
“This is a precursor to remodeling the entire building,” said Perdue, who owns eight other McDonald’s.
A major remodeling of the Fifth Avenue location, to start about 18 months from now, would cost $1 million, Perdue said.
Also Tuesday, the committee approved a request from Friends Roastery, a coffee and tea shop, for minor exterior improvements to its new downtown location at 101 W. Federal St.
The business will open in August, said Patricia Tinkler, its owner, at the former location of William Leonard’s Extraordinary Gentlemen salon.
The committee also approved the installation of a sign to be installed outside O’Donold’s Irish Pub & Grill at 122 W. Federal St.