McDonald’s approved, construction already underway in New Castle |

McDonald’s approved, construction already underway in New Castle

NEW CASTLE – Residents of New Castle could be munching on Big Macs and Quarter Pounders by Halloween if everything goes according to plan.

According to City Planning Technician Tim Cain, the city approved a building plan and issued the proper building permits for a McDonald’s restaurant the week of July 5, after all of the details of the project were completed.

“In fact, we broke ground (Monday),” said Paul Barrera, McDonald’s marketing manager for the Rocky Mountain Region.

Barrera confirmed that construction should take about four months to complete, and that residents would be able to order up the world-famous hamburgers by the end of October.

Over the next couple of weeks, Cain said, the developer will begin hauling loads of soil to the location in preparation for construction to begin.

According to Davis Farrar, New Castle’s chief planner the corporation McDonald’s purchased two lots directly west of the Kum and Go northwest of the New Castle Interstate 70 exit. That is where the restaurant will be.

Cain said that the city is working to eliminate an existing lot line that splits the property in two, to allow developers to build on the center of the property.

McDonald’s hired Christofferson Commercial Builders based out of Colorado Springs, to oversee the project. The builder has completed 250 restaurants in seven states for McDonald’s, according to the company’s website.

Barrera said that McDonald’s typically likes hiring local contractors and thinks that Christofferson may hire local subcontractors for specific jobs on this particular project.

“I can tell you we are really good at working with general contractors to hire local contractors,” Barrera said.

The restaurant will be contemporary and one of the “more modern” looking McDonald’s, according to Barrera. The restaurant will also provide free Wi Fi for customers.

“It will definitely fit nicely into the community,” Barrera said.

Barrera said that despite the economy McDonald’s currently has several projects going on in Colorado, but there is nothing major happening on the Western Slope. The company just opened up another restaurant in Granby, he said. And he company is excited to expand in to the town of New Castle.

“We are just excited about being in the community and being part of the community,” he said.

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