After pausing for the winter months, improvements along the new Telford Street extension are resuming for both the McDonald’s and Charlesview developments. A new traffic signal at Telford & Western will soon be operational, which should ease both pedestrian and vehicular traffic. McDonald’s has begun installing the permanent landscaping. And in the next few months, JMA will install the permanent concrete sidewalk and lighting on the east side of Telford and a planter wall along STAR market.
Those familiar with North Brighton know that, just a few months ago, a freestanding McDonald’s restaurant stood on the eastern edge of the Charlesview site. The reconstruction and relocation of that building was a critical part of the new site plan, allowing Telford Street to align and go from Soldier’s Field Road to Holton Street (and eventually, plans the BRA, all the way to Lincoln Street). As of last week, the new restaurant was open for business.
The reconstruction involves a significant redesign in response to the community desire to see a more urban, pedestrian-friendly building across the street from new Charlesview. Since the McDonald’s is an active, operating business, it was important to get the new building up and running as quickly as possible (an effort led by Dixon Construction for McDonald’s, with Harvard assisting coordination as landowner). It was also necessary to coordinate the construction sequencing of the McDonalds and Charlesview, which was done on a near daily basis between TCB, Harvard, Dixon, and JMA.
Final parts of the McDonald’s project, such as the new Telford & Western traffic signal, landscaping and outdoor patio furniture will be coming in the next couple of months.