McDonald's Going for Second Clairmont Location

The international fast food chain plans to open a new spot with a drive-thru window across from Briarcliff Shopping Center.

After announcing plans to replace the old Atlanta Diner on North Druid Hills Road, McDonald's said they also hope to open a new restaurant with a drive-thru window across from Briarcliff Shopping Center – the international fast food chain's second location on Clairmont Road.

From Tomorrow's News Today, which first reported this story:

A preliminary meeting about the planned McDonald's was held earlier this week and was attended by both homeowners and representatives from McDonald's. As it stands now, McDonald's is expected to file paperwork in the coming days requesting a special land use permit to enable them to have the drive-thru windows they need for the restaurant.  If all goes well, this request will be heard at the next Community Council meeting, scheduled for Wednesday December 19th at 6:30 at the Mack Love Center in Decatur.

The North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area already has a number of McDonald's locations. They are:

  • 3893 North Druid Hills Road
  • 2881 Clairmont Road NE
  • 2077 North Decatur Road
  • 3893 Lavista Road

That Briarcliff-Clairmont intersection area is going through a mini-renaissance (if you can call it that) with a new QuikTrip almost ready for drivers and a bunch of cool, little restaurants like Desta, the Ethiopian joint.

If you look at a map, you could make the argument that the area could use another McDonald's (or, at least, the company could make money with another). Or is it all just too much?

What do you guys think? Tell us in the comments section below.

Carol November 07, 2012 at 10:02 PM
The location is where the dentist's office is next to the shopping center. However, McDonald's said they would be sharing a parking lot with the shopping center.
JuliaMcElroy November 07, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I am actually glad to see the QT spurring new development at the Clairmont intersection. That IGA was a dump and the adjoining strip mall needs a facelift to say the least. I hope the old Vol Repair site gets something new as well! I am concerned about traffic, but the QT meant getting a turn lane in front of the bank which was SO badly needed. Maybe McDonald's will mean other infrastructure improvements.
Don Broussard November 08, 2012 at 12:07 AM
I knew it would not be long before someone would make such a statement. First, no true turn lane has been provided for the bank nor was one even provided by QT for right turns into its own site. I have the plans and I inquired at the Georgia DOT. The engineer whom I spoke with was surprised to see that QT had been granted some kind of "waiver" from providing a right-turn lane. Let me repeat, you are entitled to your (misinformed) opinion -- but I can promise you that such low quality developments are NOT being approved in Buckhead, in Alpharetta, or in Dunwoody to name a few. I ask that people go look at the quality of development surrounding us and not foolishly settle for what ever walks in the door. BTW, wait until you see the number of car crashes and the congestion that starts once QT opens. But it sure looks better than the IGA. What about in 10 or 20 years?
etmiles76 November 08, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Has anyone noticed how many cars block the driveway of the fire station during morning rush despite the signage and police officers giving tickets? Imagine how convoluted things will be if a McDonald's opens next to the QT. The delay caused to the emergency responders by traffic congestion will possibly be property and life threatening.
Z Johnson November 08, 2012 at 12:57 PM
I pass by the remodeled MCD's on N. Druid at North Dekalb mall often and there are some striking similarities: it's on a very busy 4 lane road, it's right between 2 traffic lights, it's almost directly across the street from a fire station, and it gets lots of in/out traffic that often causes backups. Yet it has the advantages of a turn lane and rear access to a signaled road (Mistletoe). I come down (eastbound) that stretch of Clairmont often during the afternoons. I can't imagine what's going to happen when the QT opens, much less adding a MCD to the mix, w/out any improvements to the road.
Jim Bobber November 08, 2012 at 01:23 PM
in the morning there would be a lot of cars (coming from Decatur toward I-85) trying to turn left into this McDonalds, thus holding up the cars stuck behind them. And then they'd need to make a left out of the McDonalds back onto Clairmont. This is all bad enough, but there's no 5th lane, that middle turn lane, on Clairmont. The McDonald's actually seems like it's on the wrong side of the street for optimal business, and Clairmont is not set up well for handling this many cars going in and out in that location.
Brett November 08, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Why doesn't McDonald's just build small kiosks in everyone's front yard that's dumb enough to eat this stuff? Think about it... you could tell your kids to walk outside and get themselves a nice delicious and nourishing Happy Meal. Whenever you're hungry, you could waddle your fat ass out the front yard for a Big Mac Combo! If you don't want to live in a world of fast food crap chains - don't go to them. Demand better for yourselves. Better yet, make yourself a sandwich.
Lucas Roberts November 08, 2012 at 02:12 PM
DeKalb county says you have to hold public meeting before you try to change zoning.
Lucas Roberts November 08, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Development needs to happen, and infrastructure needs to be improved. But not across from the Fire stations and slammed right against the beginning of the neighborhood. Develop over by Popeyes. Develop the land where the junk cars pollute the corner lot by QT. Develop the eye sore around Benchwarmers. There are numerous urban blights in the area that need to be looked at before we start to squeeze in development where it doesn’t belong. Beside the point – there is a McDonalds at ¼ mile away. What a joke. Contact our Commissioner Jeff Rader jrader@dekalbcountyga.gov And Commissioner Kathie Gannon kgannon@dekalbcountyga.gov
Carol November 08, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Lucas- They had a public meeting this past week. It was the quietest meeting notice I have ever seen.
Lucas Roberts November 08, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Hey Carol I was there. Overall, I think the major topics were hit. The downfall of the meeting was that the meeting was set up because McD HAD to do it. It wasnt a work session of McD asking the community for help, but rather a statement of we are doing this and here it is like it or not. I was the person who asked if they owned the land already, and what the owner operator of the other McD do in the community that is so impactful that we should want another McD. Also, we've reached out to Jeff to discuss their special use permit they applied for. Do you know when they are planning on having another meeting? Our side of the neighborhood didnt get the notice.
rudy November 09, 2012 at 02:42 AM
*** ITS as rediculous as them wanting to put another mcd's where the Diner used to be on N. Druid Hills not too far from the other one just over the interstate...& I agree w/ the idea to do SOMETHING on the Popeyes side back there & something decent w/ the Volvo place. R.I.P. Eds/IGA. Traffic has become a cluster frick in that area for years & the problems will continue .. Also,, your right, wait till QT gets goin & accidents occur......thers my local 2 cents...........
rudy November 09, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Now lets go back up & be grateful for the vote on old Briarcliff Stadium,,,yeah I know , , , , Adams,blah. >> B/CLIFF to me ,,,,,my old school (1975) > Just glad that "SEMBLER" wasnt allowed to go thru & rip out those childhood memories of the OLD Kittredge & the pool & Little League.. As well as the old Woodlake apts where I lived during H.S.,,Rumor has it theres still something gonna happen to Woodlake,,,,,uh sorry,, the PARK !! I guess its now my 2 & 1/2 cents......
Sally November 09, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Hoping McDonald's builds there. That whole area has been an eyesore for sometime. I am so grateful someone is doing something about it. Be it McDonald's or whoever.
Michael Young November 11, 2012 at 02:55 AM
I'm ecstatic, I agree with Sally. It's been an eye sore. Can't wait. Hope someone replaces those old stores near quick trip too.
Michael Young November 11, 2012 at 02:59 AM
I agree with Julia. ...regarding QT...so ecstatic. Chevron is gouges their gas prices. can't wait for QT.
rudy November 11, 2012 at 06:12 AM
Don Broussard November 12, 2012 at 05:31 AM
"or whoever"? — like a porn shop or maybe a hip hop night club? And you are saying the doctor's office is an eyesore? Get real. Do you think good development just automatically happens?
DrZaius November 15, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Yea Don, I'm sure both of those are potential developers. Do you even understand the land development process and how it has to conform to zoning regulations? Do any of you?
Michael Young November 15, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Chevron even charges 1 dollar to use their air pump that only blows air for 20 seconds. So happy QT has been built.
Michael Young November 15, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Go McDonald's!
Tom Doolittle November 15, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Stepped into that one Dr Z.: Broussard had to lead a lawsuit to defeat a "washed" Board of Appeals decision to put a (drum roll please) hip-hop nightclub (!!) in that very location. If he hadn't, you'd be having gang-bangers with gun fire in that parking lot. Broussard was on the Planning Commission and is the land planning business dude. What he's saying is that is an important strategic intersection that requires a four-corner 200-acre master plan (by the county), including eminent domain that tells all developers the way things are to be in those locations for the next 50 years.
DrZaius November 15, 2012 at 05:34 PM
What was this lawsuit about? A night club is legal land use with special permit approval in that location. If the county board etc. is corrupt than you've a bigger problem than a well know corporation following their well known business model.
Tom November 15, 2012 at 08:37 PM
New uses of old and tired buildings is good. Land owners being able to use their land is also a good thing. Utopia does not exist
Brett November 15, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Sure Tom, but wouldn't you agree the only thing closer to Utopia than the 4 McDonald's (we already have in the same area) would be 5 or more?
Knott Telling November 23, 2012 at 07:23 PM
When does the QT at Clairmont and B'cliff open? Interested to see what the impact is going to be on traffic, etc. (and how long it will take for other property owners in the area to see the potential benefits of redeveloping their parcels too). Jonathan - I may send you a message on general redevelopment thoughts, to see if there is a better place to post it... it would be great to have a place for a broader discussion of development options for the area, other than within narrower threads. Do you have a "general discussion" board? Ideally, a board that could be devoted solely to the respectful exchange of specific facts, ideas, and visions - and not tolerate personal attacks or arguments about personal preferences? I'm sure that's what most people on here want, though even those with the best of intentions sometimes slip over the line. Self-policing "flags" never seem to work effectively enough to keep snarkiness at bay and avoid claims of 'censorship.' Private blogs might contain more info, but they seem to become biased megaphones in support of a particular position. A 'journalist' in the middle (in a moderated board) can help keep things on track and respectful. I guess that's the value "Dear Abby/Anne" brought to the table :) It's quite a trick, I'm sure, to achieve both quality and speed of discourse in an online environment. I'd like to be more transparent with folks online, but due to the relational risks I'll still be 'Knott Telling' for now. KT
Jim K. November 26, 2012 at 02:24 PM
There's plenty of places to put a McDonald's on Clairmont. Across from Fire Station #8 is one of the worst places I can think of to do it. If it's got to go somewhere, it's got to go on a corner.
Dr's Eisenberg and Bogdanoff November 26, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Since we just got word of this thread, we thought we'd add our thoughts that we intend to send to our neighbors, friends and patients in the area: As many of you are aware, McDonalds is trying to open a drive through restaurant at 2706 Clairmont Road where we have maintained our Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Practice since 1983. We want to assure you all that we neither instigated nor knew about this action until 5 weeks ago. We were not part of this process in any way and as tenants in this location for these past 29 years were as surprised as many of you at this development. Along with our neighbors, we are concerned about this change to the neighborhood we have considered our home. We would like to take this opportunity to let you know that whatever happens in this matter, we will remain nearby and continue our practice serving the residents of this area as we have these past years, whether we remain at this location or another one. We await the outcome with many of you, and sincerely hope the situation works out the best for all of us!
Dr's Eisenberg and Bogdanoff December 04, 2012 at 08:43 PM
We wanted to let our neighbors know that this past Monday (December 3rd) an orange sign was posted at the street near the entrance to our Dental Office. The sign informs all of a "community meeting" on December 19th at 6:30 pm at the Mason Mill Center for Seniors located at 1340 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA regarding the property located where we have maintained our Dental Office (2706 Clairmont Rd) as mentioned previously in this blog. We thought it relevant to inform our neighbors of the sign's existence since it is far too small to read without having to stop and get out of your car to make note of the information. The contact information on the sign is 404-371-2155 should you wish to obtain more information about the meeting or the signage.
Lucas Roberts December 17, 2012 at 06:31 PM
They scheduled the zoning meeting the same day and time as the Community Council meeting in Decatur. Are they trying to cut the amount of people attending by doing on that day?


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