Council vote gives McDonald’s project green light

Published 8:58 am Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Austin’s oldest McDonald’s seems right on target for a rebuilding project to start this May.

On Monday, City Council voted 7-0 to release an easement and allow utilities to be relocated from an area near the McDonald’s on Oakland Avenue. The move paves the way for the fast food company to do essentially what they want with the land as they look to remodel and expand. As part of the deal, McDonald’s will pay roughly $30,000 to relocate the utilities.

McDonald’s representatives have targeted May as their desired start date. The project, which will also upgrade drive-through lanes, will take between 12 to 14 weeks to complete. The restaurant will be closed during the project.

Though basically unchanged physically since opening in 1969, the restaurant did change hands in October. That’s when Dave Scherer, whose family had owned the Oakland McDonald’s since its opening, sold the restaurant to Wisconsin-based Courtesy Corporation. Scherer also sold the 14th Street Southwest McDonald’s, which he had owned for seven years.