Citizens opposed to McDonald’s meet

Everyone agrees, the neglected and rundown commercial space on Warrensville Center Road needs to be spruced up, rented or replaced. But neighbors are not pleased with McDonald’s moving in.

Citizens Opposed to McDonald’s met on June 15 to discuss their rights as property owners in the neighborhood around the proposed site. The Board of Zoning Appeals approved the zoning variance requested by McDonald’s at the June meeting. Organizers Gloria and Tom Rucks voiced concerns about increased traffic, nuisance noise and student loitering. Tom Rucks contacted an urban planner at Cleveland State University who said adjoining property values might decrease with a McDonald’s type of business.   

Jeri Shore, an active member of the neighborhood association that helped defeat the Waterway Car Wash at this same location has been gathering petition signatures along with other members of the group. These petitions will be presented to the Planning Commission on July 1 at City Hall. For further information about the group, contact Jeri Shore at

Anita Kazarian is a marketing professional and lives in University Heights.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 1:58 PM, 06.21.2010