McDonalds plans to rebuild in Tecumseh, Tim Hortons, O’Reilly Auto Parts also in pipeline
Plans for new and existing businesses in the Tecumseh community are moving through various phases, with some changes coming for the local McDonald’s, and anticipated construction of Tim Hortons and O’Reilly Auto Parts.McDonald’s plans to construct a new restaurant, expanding on its present location at 1206 W. Chicago Blvd. location. The Tecumseh Planning Commission is expected to consider proposals regarding the rebuilding project at its Feb. 12 meeting, according to Building Department Director, Brad Raymond.The company has purchased property behind the United Bank and Trust branch to be utilized by the business for increased parking.“The parcel is currently zoned single family residential, so it will have to be rezoned commercial,” Raymond said, adding that he believed the company intended to add an entrance off Occidental Hwy. The Planning Commission would also be considering site plan approval in the near future.Iggy Pipitone, Area Construction Manager for McDonald’s said he was unsure as to when construction would actually begin at the Tecumseh location.“There are so many things that have to happen, and getting a site plan approval,” he said. “The owners don’t know yet if it will be this year or next.” Pipitone said a number of criteria is considered surrounding eligibility of a particular restaurant to be updated. “It’s primarily age and location, but there are also other criteria.” The local McDonald’s has been in the community since sometime in the 1970s. Pipitone said the company is currently just at the beginning of a number of steps that have to take place before construction can begin.Raymond said that he recently spoke to a representative for Tim Hortons, and although things have not moved along as quickly as the company originally planned, the restaurant is still working things out to open a Tim Hortons Café and Bake Shop at 901 W. Chicago Blvd., the site of the former Clothesline Laundry.“Probably in the next month or so, we’ll see the dry cleaning building go down, and they may start some underground work and footings,” Raymond said. “We’re ready to issue permits.”Another new business that will soon be approaching the planning commission for site plan approval is O’Reilly Auto Parts. The company obtained approval for conditional use zoning at 808 W. Chicago Blvd. and 807 Sunset Street. A building formerly used as a church then a real estate office will be torn down and the auto parts facility will be constructed. Part of the conditional use agreement included blocking off the Sunset Drive entrance with traffic only entering the proposed 7,200 foot store from W. Chicago Blvd. and screening the area from the residential community with a pocket park.Raymond said he anticipates that the Building Department and Planning Commission could be working with the company within the next month.