Though a pair of golden arches will be erected in downtown Douglasville this summer, the McDonald’s restaurant to be built won’t serve any hamburgers.
In fact, the eatery will only be a 1950s facade of the fast food joint in scenes of “The Founder,” a movie starring Michael Keaton, who will play McDonald’s Corp. mogul Ray Kroc under direction of John Lee Hancock.
“It’s the story of how Ray Kroc met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in the 1950s in Southern California,” said Breezy Straton, project manager for the Development Authority of Douglas County. “Kroc was a milkshake salesman from Illinois and came across Dick and Mac McDonald and said, ‘Oh, wow. That’s really fast how you did those hamburgers.’ He saw the franchise potential and basically maneuvered himself into a position with them to pull the company from the brothers and create a million dollar empire.”
Straton said it was Douglasville’s old courthouse, built in 1956, and surrounding buildings that made the city a choice filming location.
“That area of downtown is replica of the 1950s and plays true to the time period,” Straton said. “It’s a period piece. They’ll see period cars out there from the 1950s.”
However, the McDonald’s from the ‘50s will morph into other McDonald’s restaurants from other time periods in other cities, Straton said.
“They’re going to close a segment of Church Street but only four times (and) only during filming days,” Straton said. “They will only be filming four days and those are not consecutive days. We know it will be between June and July.”
Extras from the community will be needed but no details are yet available.
Tuesday, Douglas County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Speedee Films Productions to utilize the Old Courthouse from June 15 through June 24 and the county parking lot on Church Street from May 11 through July 17. Commissioner Mike Mulcare was absent.
Douglas County has been the filming location for several movies in recent years including “Kill The Messenger,” in fall 2013, “No Good Deed” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
“It’s a morale booster,” Straton said. “Who doesn’t want a movie being filmed in their city or community? I think it’s great. Especially if they’re eating in our restaurants and visiting our mall and buying things from local hardware stores.”
In other matters, there were two public hearings at Tuesday’s BOC meeting.
No one from the public spoke at the first hearing, which was for authorization to file a grant application with the Federal Transit Administration for $1,386,149 with a 20 percent local match to be used for more transportation services, programs and facilities.
The second public hearing was for Glenn Rainwater’s new pawn shop in Lithia Springs at 6867 S. Sweetwater Road. Two people spoke in support of the shop.
“It will be a family oriented facility … a clean facility, well-lit,” Rainwater assured commissioners. “(The pawn shop) would be a benefit to the community (and) it will be a place that I think Lithia Springs will be proud to have.”
Commissioners also approved the following items Tuesday:
•Authorization for the Chairman to execute new employment agreements for now Planning and Zoning Director Tracy Rye, Government Services Director Gary Jenkins, and Development Services Director/County Engineer/ Project Manager/ Director of Property Maintenance James Worthington.
•Authorization for Chairman to approve a contract for Lawanda Jones, Rideshare’s part-time Mobility Coordinator for $20 per hour for 20 hours per week.
•Authorization to renew mutual aid agreement(s) with Grady Emergency Medical Services, Puckett Emergency Medical Services, Metro Ambulance Service and West Georgia Ambulance Service pending legal review.
•Authorization for Georgia Power to relocate current utility pole and line(s) on Douglas County property, Fire Station #2, 2900 Conners Road, Winston, Ga.
•Authorization to accept funds from the Sheriff’s Office CARE Program Account in the amount of $9,785 for the maintenance contract on the driving simulation system.
•Authorization to accept funds from the Sheriff’s Office Commissary Account in the amount of $13,495 for the purchase of an inmate property storage system
•Authorization to approve an easement for Greystone Power Corporation at Fairplay Park.
•Authorization for Speedee Films Productions to utilize the Old Courthouse from June 15 through June 24, 2015 and the county parking lot located on Church Street in Downtown Douglasville from May 11 through July 17, 2015 and authorize the chairman to sign all related documents subject to final legal review.