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Downtown Yakima McDonalds Moves Forward Despite Some Concerns

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YAKIMA, Wash.--It seems like plans on a new fast food restaurant in Downtown Yakima are moving along even though some are still voicing concerns.
 
A few council members have expressed doubts about having a drive-through near Yakima Avenue, saying it may not be suitable for an area that's trying to attract more pedestrian traffic. Others are worried that cars turning into the fast food joint could cause major backups.
 
However, the city's community development director said that can easily be fixed.
 
"I think the bigger concern for traffic is just cars trying to turn into the site, especially those making a left turn and particularly on North First Street," said Steve Osguthorpe, the Community Development Director. "And so we're going to be incorporating some barriers within the street to prevent those left turn movements."
 
During Tuesday's city council meeting, Osguthorpe said easement issues were resolved. Now, the next step is issuing permits and then the vacant Grand Buffet will be demolished
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