By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Wednesday morning residents in South West Lubbock took the podium at City Council to protest the possibility of a McDonalds being build just 20 feet from their homes.
The empty lot is located across the United Market Street on 98th and Quaker and beside the Lakeridge Dentist Office. Located on the north edge of lot is a string of homes with only a small alley and wooden fence to separate them from the McDonalds.
While it's an empty lot now, the neighborhood is dreading the sight of soon to be bustling fast food frenzy. "My immediate thoughts were the noise factor," said Richard Palmer, a resident in one of the homes that would be affected. "A 24-hour restaurant like McDonalds right behind our alley is not good. The main issue is noise and lights, and the fact that they're not going to shut it down at 5 or 6 o'clock at night like most of the other businesses we have in this neighborhood."
Other concerns included trash, rodents, loitering, more people trying to use their back ally way as a means to turn around, and their property values being lowered. "I am really concerned about it, and I hope the city will realize that this is a serious concern to us and those that live in the area," said Maury Wideman Jr. to the City Council.
The lot falls under City Councilman Paul Beane's district, but he says the city doesn't have the authority to stop the business from building there. Beane says the lot is a C-2 zone which allows permits for fast food restaurants, and that McDonalds doesn't have to get approval from the city or zoning department.
"I sympathize with those residents," said Beane. "I will do everything I can to make sure those residents and the franchisee can work something out, like a big wall between the homes and business."
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