Lubbock Residents Lose Battle to Sonic Drive-In - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/26/04

Lubbock Residents Lose Battle to Sonic Drive-In

A sweet treat restaurant has left a sour taste in some Southwest Lubbock residents's mouth. More than 150 residents who live around 64th and Frankford have been opposed of a Sonic Drive-In moving across the street. This is their third battle with the popular restaurant in nine years.

The city council will allow the Sonic to move in. "We are all very disappointed we were hoping that other council members from other districts would hear our plea," says Cheryl Anderson, a 64th Street resident of 15 years.

Cheryl lives in that neighborhood. She and her neighbors have spent weeks collecting traffic data, taking pictures, and knocking on doors of residents who live next to other Sonics, to support her claim that Sonic could potentially be a traffic, noise and trash burden.

More than a dozen of her neighbors showed up to the council meeting to support her claim. Even Councilmen Tom Martin and Gary Boren were on their side, but it wasn't enough and the council voted in favor of Sonic. "I'm a little surprised given the opposition that was there. I thought the city council might go their way," said Rodney Warren, Lubbock Sonic Franchise Owner.

But the council considered that fact that Frankford is a seven lane road. It is in an area where businesses are attracted to. Councilwoman Linda DeLeon says residents must adjust to any change. "I know the one in my neighborhood is difficult to drive and turn into the neighborhoods so I have to turn two blocks before the Sonic because of the traffic," said DeLeon who supported Sonic.

Cheryl's next step is to ask the city to build the thickest, tallest, longest, brick wall to separate noisy traffic conditions from their peaceful neighborhood. If not, she says some residents have threatened to sell their home and move out.

Sonic plans to break ground in January of 2005.

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