Demolition crews are getting ready to raze the old Taco Bell on Route 66 to make way for a new, larger building to house the fast food restaurant.
Built in 1966 as a 786-square-foot Taco Bell food stand at 116 E Route 66, the building will be torn down and replaced with a 2,024-square-foot building.
According to the city’s planning department, Taco Bell decided the older building was too small to fit current demand.
Outdoor seating and more parking are also planned for the new building.
A large camphor tree on the property will be removed during construction and replaced with two new trees.
“It should mesh well with the new apartment complex planned across the street and promote the pedestrian-friendly environment the commission is in support of,” said Assistant Planner Sean Mcpherson.
Taco Bell hopes to finish construction within 80 days and reopen soon after construction is completed.