SIOUX CITY | In what could potentially be a battle of burger joints, two fast-food restaurant companies have submitted competing proposals to buy vacant land on Sioux City's north side. 

Northsiders could end up with a new McDonald's, a Burger King or a sit-down sports bar and grill, depending on the Sioux City Council's decision Monday.  

The council in mid-August had declared its intention to allow Saltzman Management Co., the owner and operator of five metro Burger Kings, to purchase a 1.5-acre tract of land near 3104 Floyd Blvd., directly across the street from the Floyd Boulevard Wal-Mart Super Center.

Saltzman plans to construct either a Burger King or a Buffalo Wings & Rings restaurant on the premises. Buffalo Wings & Rings is a sit-down sports bar and grill chain similar to Buffalo Wild Wings.

Since the land is in an urban renewal area, the city was required to advertise it for a 30-day hearing period during which others could submit competing proposals. During that time, it received such a proposal from McDonald's USA to construct a restaurant at the same site.

Unlike the Saltzman proposal, the local McDonald's would purchase the entire lot, a total of about 2.25 acres. The company would construct a McDonald's restaurant on just over half the space and save the remaining land for future development. Its purchase price would total $696,524.

Under Saltzman's proposal, the price for the 1.5 acres would total $422,500.

The Saltzman plan calls for a capital investment of about $1.1 million, with the new restaurant employing about 20 full-time and 15 part-time workers. 

The McDonald's investment would total $2.7 million and the restaurant would employ 60 full- and part-time workers. 

McDonald's currently operates a smaller restaurant across the street inside the Wal-Mart.

The council is scheduled to vote Monday on the sale of the land. According to agenda documents, the council can judge the proposals based on the quality of the development, the economic return, the financial impact and the developer's ability to complete the project as proposed. Agenda documents say city staff recommend the city approve the proposal with "strong preference" for the Buffalo Wings & Rings.

Saltzman did not return a call late Friday asking which restaurant it would select if its proposal is accepted.

Meter enforcement hours

In other action Monday, the council will vote whether to reduce downtown parking meter enforcement hours by an hour. 

Rather than the current hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., enforcement would end at 5 p.m. Agenda documents say enforcement staff only work until 5 p.m., so the change would serve to make the listed hours consistent. Motorists also can now park in city ramps for free during the first hour.

Gilchrist Learning Center

The council will also vote whether to accept a nearly $2 million bid by South Sioux City-based H&R Construction Co. for construction of the Gilchrist Learning Center at 220 Pierce St. 

The project, which will allow the Sioux City Art Center to expand its educational space, is funded through private donations and a state grant. 

The bid is more than 25 percent below the engineer's estimate. 

This story has been updated to correct the time that motorists can park for free in city parking ramps. 


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