A new McDonald's could be coming to the heart of Downtown Turlock, replacing at least part of the existing Bonander Buick GMC dealership.
The fast food restaurant could open in the area roughly bounded by Center and Marshall Streets, Golden State Boulevard, and an existing Don’s Mobile Glass location. That area currently serves as a car lot for Bonander Buick GMC, and is home to a taco truck.
The potential development, which is still in the planning stages, has been confirmed by City of Turlock staff.
“We have been contacted by McDonald's,” said Rose Stillo, City of Turlock Senior Planner. “They are proposing to put a restaurant there, however we still have some challenges.”
However, McDonalds’ initial proposal reflected a standard McDonald's design, which is incompatible with the strict design standards imposed on Downtown Turlock developments. All new buildings must reflect the character of Turlock’s historic downtown, with architecture which blends in with the older buildings.
“We’re still trying to work with them to adjust their elevations for the building,” Stillo said.
Should McDonald's agree to alter their plans and move forward with the development, approval could be granted on a staff level. The use is consistent with the current zoning of the parcel.
However, if McDonald's officials are unwilling to change the design, the decision will likely come before the Turlock Planning Commission and potentially the Turlock City Council.
Representatives from Bonander Buick GMC did not return requests for comment on the development, or how it may affect the dealerships’ operation. A receptionist was surprised to hear that McDonald's could be taking over some of the Bonander property.
McDonald's currently operates four restaurants in Turlock, located at 2000 W. Main St., 2400 Geer Rd., 3050 Countryside Dr., and 2111 Fulkerth Rd., inside of Walmart.