For all of our readers addicted to McDonald’s fries and burgers, the good news is that the new facility has risen to peek over the construction fence on the southside of Katella Avenue just east of Los Alamitos Boulevard.
The bad news, of course, is that construction is not yet complete.
Exterior concrete was poured on Friday, Oct. 14, but large portions of the parking lot remain unfinished. (See construction photo below.)
The entrance, exit, parking lot and drive-through of the new restaurant have been designed to minimize traffic disruption on Katella Avenue, an ongoing headache during peak traffic hours prior to the closing of the old restaurant.
A block wall at the rear (south) side of of the parking lot now blocks ready access to the east-west alley that runs parallel to Katella Avenue.
It is not clear whether pedestrians will be able to walk south without first walking west to the north-south alley that parallels Los Alamitos Boulevard.
The first dozen yards or so of that north-south alley provide little room for walking. Cars tend to turn a bit too quickly from Katella into that tight space.
Continuing as far as The Boulevard before turning south means walking in a narrowed sidewalk next to a heavily used left-turn pocket, also an unfriendly space for walkers until past the bank driveway.
A banner hung from the top of the new restaurant building advertises “Now hiring” (Ahora estamos contratando) and gives a website: www.mcstate.com.
The City expects construction to finish before the end of the year.