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12/10/02 . By Tillie Fong . Rocky Mountain News . Colorado, USA
Ronald McDonald is left with a grimace
Centennial council fries chain's hopes for new restaurant
CENTENNIAL - The City Council unanimously voted early Friday to reject a proposed McDonald's restaurant/gas station/car wash.
"We felt it was incompatible with the neighborhood," said Mayor Randy Pye. "There hasn't been a drastic change in the area, and they were asking for a zoning that there was no need or desire to have."
The council voted 7-0 to deny McDonald's request for a rezoning after hearing testimony from 35 people.
More than 100 residents attended the special council meeting, which didn't end until 12:30 a.m. Friday.
Only one of the 35 who testified was in favor of the project, and that was the landowner. The rest were residents who opposed it.
Most of the residents had been concerned about the increased traffic, noise and light, and the safety and drainage problems the project would bring.
Resident Tyler Henken said he is pleased the council voted down the McDonald's proposal.
"I thought they wouldn't go against the planning commission," he said.
"The planning commission had pretty much laid out a lot of the reasons why the neighborhood hasn't changed. The message is that an automotive-driven (business) won't work at that site," Henken said.
The planning commission had recommended that the project be rejected last month by a vote of 6-1.
McDonald's officials could not be reached for comment Friday.
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