No Downtown McDonald’s

Hungry residents won’t be seeing Golden Arches in downtown Naperville.

At their latest meeting, the city council turned down a request to replace the Citgo Gas Station at the corner of Washington and Hillside with a McDonald’s restaurant.

Council members cited concerns that the 24-hour fast food joint could hold up morning commute times and increase the number of accidents on Washington Street.

McDonald’s hired Traffic Engineer William Grieve who disagreed, listing other suburban McDonald’s which thrive at similar locations.

Councilman Paul Hinterlong said while the restaurant could be a great addition to the city, traffic issues outweigh its success.

“I just don’t see an opportunity that is a win-win for everyone,” said Hinterlong.

Locals can still fulfill their Big Mac cravings at the five other McDonald’s located throughout Naperville.

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