Federal Street McDonald’s getting a makeover

  • The Federal Street McDonald’s has been closed for renovations. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • The Federal Street McDonald’s has been closed for renovations. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 7/11/2019 5:23:16 PM
Modified: 7/11/2019 5:23:06 PM

GREENFIELD – The McDonald’s restaurant on Federal Street is closed for a complete renovation that will give the structure a redesigned look and bring it into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Work at 285 Federal St. started about three weeks ago and could last another two, according to Jeff Buton, project superintendent with Pal Construction. The Coventry, Conn., firm was hired by Gomez Enterprises, a franchise company owned by George Gomez, who Buton said owns about 40 McDonald’s locations, including the one on the Mohawk Trail, which is still open.

Buton said Wednesday was his crew’s 13th day on the job. Power tools roared inside the building and the floor was covered with dust and debris as roughly 15 workers labored away. Yellow traffic cones were placed across the entrance and exit of the property to block motorists.

Buton explained the Federal Street location has some plumbing issues in the kitchen. Sidewalks and all other relevant features, he said, will also be made ADA-compliant.

One key notable difference is the lack of a mansard roof – with two slopes on each side, with the lower slope steeper than the upper one – that was once synonymous with McDonald’s buildings.

“We cut them off and then we build these walls straight up, and this is your new look,” Buton said on site Wednesday. “This is their new thing.”

Buton said the Federal Street location was built in 1971.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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