May 26, 2019 Supporting Manhattan-area entrepreneurs, businesses, events

New Starbucks Working To Open On Anderson Avenue

 Screenshot Credit: Conditional Use & Exception Request
Screenshot Credit: Conditional Use & Exception Request

Fifth Starbucks To Open In Manhattan.

September 25th – Josh Hicks

2700 Anderson Avenue is in progress of receiving new life. The 2,100 square foot vacant structure was built in 1990 and formerly home to UMB Bank. Brandon Haverty, principal of ReCor Properties, is working to open Manhattan’s fifth Starbucks and has spent months working with the City of Manhattan Board of Zoning, architects, Starbucks traffic studies, Hylton Heights neighborhood home owners, and Public Works to find the most suitable way for entering and exiting the proposed Starbucks at 2700 Anderson Avenue.

The renovation plans include adding a 460 square foot patio, dual drive thru lanes, and removing the automated teller machine. Occupancy will be 52 persons in the interior and 24 persons on the proposed patio area, along with 19 off-street parking spaces and the capability to hold 15 vehicles in the drive thru lanes.

 Screenshot Credit: Conditional Use & Exception Request
Screenshot Credit: Conditional Use & Exception Request

However, this location carries approximately 20,000 vehicles per day, causing two major concerns about access from Anderson Avenue. The city engineering and planning staff along with Public Works found that entry from Anderson Avenue does not meet the Manhattan Area Transportation Strategy (MATS) for the minimum distance between access points along an arterial road. The minimum distance required is 150 feet between an intersecting local street and the driveway access point. Hylton Heights Road and the eastern Anderson Avenue access point is only 93 feet.

The second concern is the potential congesting of cars waiting to enter from Anderson Avenue, similar to Starbucks located at 1219 Bluemont. According to the Conditional Use & Exception Request, “City Staff has offered suggestions about closing off the eastern access point and moving the Hylton Heights Road access point north in order to extend the stacking queue. This would create a longer queue and free up parking spaces. The applicant found these options to be unfeasible.”

 Screenshot Credit: Conditional Use & Exception Request
Screenshot Credit: Conditional Use & Exception Request

In conclusion of the 45 page Conditional Use & Exception Request document, it was ruled that “based on a lack of adequate provision of parking and access concerns from and onto Anderson Avenue that bear safety and general welfare concerns; City Administration recommends approval of the Conditional Use request to allow a proposed Starbucks drive-in establishment in a C-2, Neighborhood Shopping District located at 2700 Anderson Avenue only with the following conditions:

1. The eastern Anderson Avenue driveway access shall be removed or converted to a Right/Out only to be approved with the building permit.

2. The drive-thru exit driveway shall be a dual-lane exit that separates left and right turning vehicles to exit onto Anderson Avenue.

3. A reduction in the minimum required off-street parking Exception shall be approved.

4. All applicable permits shall be obtained.”

Read more about the Conditional Use & Exception Request document here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts

Que Nutrition Opens in Westloop

May 17, 2019

May 17, 2019

Owners Quinita and Jovan Griffin opened the doors to Que Nutrition on April 2nd with a motto of “Making the...

Vikings Grille to Open in Former Famous Dave’s, Cowboy Chicken and Fuzzy’s Taco Close

May 13, 2019

May 13, 2019

A Topeka based grill is opening their second location; this time in Manhattan. The former Famous Dave’s restaurant located at...

Prairie Salt Therapy is Open for Business

April 25, 2019

April 25, 2019

We’ve all heard of popular forms of body and mind therapy such as float therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga, meditation...

11b Aggieville Apartments Approved

April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019 1

Developer TJ Vilkanskas, representing project developers Back 9 Development and 12B Apartments has been given approval by the city commission...

April Fools: Vegan Coffee Shop Announced in Manhattan

March 31, 2019

March 31, 2019 1

The 28th coffee shop of our ever-growing city has been announced today. This confirms the fact that our community and...