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McDonald's begins rebuilding process

Friday, June 25, 2010

Earthmoving equipment moved onto the site of the Monett McDonald's restaurant this week to begin preparations for rebuilding. Now that a building permit has been issued, construction is expected to take 90 days or less. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Construction work began this week on rebuilding the Monett McDonald's restaurant, which was destroyed by fire on Jan. 8.

Rebuilding of the restaurant will be done by Plue Construction, of Florissant. The contract calls for work to be finished in 90 days.

According to Earl Hacker with Ozark Civil Engineers, project manager for the civil engineering outside of the building, the new building will still face Highway 60 and be set up in the original configuration.

However, the structure will be handicapped accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Customers will be able to walk into the restaurant at ground level, which will require adding fill to the site. Crews have been at work this week preparing the pad for construction.

"The dining area will be much the same footprint, but more open," said Jim Thompson, project manager for the building itself. "The customer area will be out by the frontage road. The restaurant will have a more contemporary design."

The restaurant will not have a playground area like the old facility.

"This is the way the McDonald's Corporation is heading," said Thompson. "There will be smaller interactive games for kids."

Plans call for the building to be a little smaller than the original building, with a slightly larger kitchen and dining room taking up the space previously used by the playground. Thompson said there will not be much of an obvious difference in size in the final structure.

Monett has had a McDonald's restaurant since 1983. The original restaurant underwent major remodeling that included the addition of the play area in the early 1990s. The restaurant franchise is owned by Phil Close, who owns other McDonald's in Neosho and Bella Vista, Ark. Around 50 people worked at the Monett McDonald's.

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