MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Plans to build a new McDonald’s restaurant at the franchise’s 30-year-old Apple Harvest Drive location in Martinsburg’s south end were approved Monday evening by the Berkeley County Planning Commission.
Commissioners voted unanimously to advance the sketch plan for the project at 14634 Apple Harvest Drive to the preliminary plan stage of the county’s approval process after no one commented Monday evening at a public hearing.
The plan for the new 5,100-square-foot restaurant was supported with the recommendation that the business not be required to install sidewalks. The Planning Commission also voted separately to grant a variance to parking requirements for the new building by unanimous vote.
Commissioners H. Daniel Gantt and Ted Bostic, and Berkeley County Council member James “Jim” Whitacre were absent.
Berkeley County Planning Director Michael C. Thompson told commissioners that the restaurant’s plan includes the demolition of the existing restaurant and neighboring Krista Lite Motel.
The restaurant is proposing 91 parking spaces instead of 103, but officials said parking for larger vehicles was included in the plan, and safety improvements at the entrance to Apple Harvest Drive will be done in coordination with the West Virginia Department of Transportation.
In recommending the restaurant be granted an exception to sidewalk requirements, Thompson noted the lack of sidewalks in the vicinity of the current McDonald’s and its close proximity to exit 12 of Interstate 81.
Susan Erwin, who owns the McDonald’s business, said in an interview last month that she hoped the new restaurant could be open sometime next year.
In other action Monday, the planning commission voted unanimously to advance preliminary plans for the following projects to the final plan stage of county’s review process:
• Dollar General, a 9,100-square foot store off Charles Town Road (old W.Va. 9) near the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
• Shepherdstown Estates, a 100 single-family lot residential project on 291 acres on the west side of Cedar Lane near the community of Scrabble in northern Berkeley County.
• Pleasant Court Cell Tower, Verizon Wireless telecommunication tower project on the north side of Shape Charge Road about one mile east of the intersection with Williamsport Pike (U.S. 11) north of Martinsburg.