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Orange Twp. Gated Community Residents Concerned About Planned McDonald's
ORANGE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Ken Hines) -- Concerns are growing among residents of a central Ohio gated community as developers plan to build a McDonald's near their homes.
Orange Township Trustees approved plans in 2005 that allow for the restaurant to be built at the corner of US-23 and Lewis Center Road, just outside the gates of Olentangy Crossings.
Some community residents are less than enthusiastic about sharing a neighborhood with the fast food giant.
"I'm concerned about a little bit of noise, and I'm concerned about smells, but probably the biggest thing I'm concerned about is the traffic that's going to be generated right outside the main gate where we have to come out," Olentangy Crossings resident Ed Dunlap said.
Trustees told residents they will make the McDonald's owners aware of their concerns, which include the possibility that the restaurant will become a popular gathering place for local teens.
"The kids from the high school, I'm sure, are going to start hanging out there because it's close," Dunlap said, before adding, "I don't think there's anything you can do. I mean, they're meeting all the guidelines they need to meet to come here."