McDonald’s has released plans for a new mixed restaurant, drive-through takeaway and petrol station on the old Magnet Mart hardware store site on Hindmarsh Drive in Phillip.
The 2,581 square metre site (Block 7 Section 25), within the Phillip Services Trade Precinct on the southern side of Hindmarsh Drive, is currently occupied by pop-up fast food outlet Grease Monkey.
It is opposite the Woden Town Centre, where a high-rise apartment boom is under construction, and thousands more people will soon live.
The development application says the two-storey warehouse building will be demolished to accommodate a 524 square metre building containing the restaurant (302 square metres) and petrol station convenience store and storage (222 square metres).
The petrol service operator is not named, but artist’s impressions of the project show a Metro-branded station, which generally provides discounted fuel, so motorists should benefit from the increased competition in the area.
The restaurant will include an entrance, counter area, dining room, children’s play area and accessible amenities, as well as back-of-house facilities.
The proposed service station will include six petrol bowsers, 108 square metres of retail area, 92 square metres of storage/staff areas, a waste storage area of about 22 square metres and truck parking/turning areas.
A canopy of about 361 square metres will protect customers from the weather.
Vehicles will enter and exit via separate driveways on Hindmarsh Road, while the existing driveway access from Divine Court will be removed.
The driveways will cater to petrol tankers and large trucks, which will make their deliveries in quiet periods.
Trucks delivering to McDonald’s and the convenience store would reverse into the loading dock, adjacent to the dual drive-through, which will provide queuing for 15 cars clear of the access and car park circulation, with queuing for eight cars from the order point.
The traffic report says that the proposed development would generate about 320 vehicles per hour (two way) in the weekday morning and afternoon peaks.
But it says linked trips could cut this by a quarter to 240 vehicles an hour (two ways).
The report says that most patronage will come from passing trade, and that the net increase in traffic on Hindmarsh Drive will only be about 50 vehicles per hour or 1 per cent, which will have minimal effects on traffic flows along Hindmarsh Drive or the Melrose Drive and Ball street lights.
The car park will have 17 spaces, including an accessible space, while racks at the front of the building will hold four bicycles.
The site will be landscaped with a range of trees, shrubs and groundcover species.
The proposal also seeks to amend the lease to add ‘restaurant’ and ‘service station’ use.