The Starbucks on Granada Plaza is planning to find a new home at the site of the blighted structure next to Outback Steakhouse in the same plaza.
The owners of the franchise are looking to demolish the current 7,200 square-foot building and replace it with a new 2,509 square-foot freestanding Starbucks with its own drive-thru. The project also includes upgrading the parking lot. Harry Newkirk, of Newkirk Engineering, said they will be removing three palm trees in the front of the site, but will replant 61 trees and 2,300 groundcover plants.
"So the site gets really green," Newkirk said. "It'll look really nice."
On Thursday, April 12, the Planning Board approved a rezoning from B-4 Central Business to a Planned Business Development, moving the project forward. It was a unanimous vote by the five members in attendance. Planning Board members Harold Briley and Angeline Shull were absent at the time.
The Starbucks project will reach the City Commission on May 18 for a first reading.
The board also approved Land Development Code amendments for temporary signage, docks along John Anderson Drive and floodplain management and protection regulations, the latter which was a recommendation to adopt the model ordinance consistent with the National Flood Insurance Program.
Planning Director Steven Spraker gave a report on ongoing projects and discussions as well, mentioning that Zaxby's will soon begin construction. He said some trees will come down for that project, but that a 54-inch oak tree will be preserved.
"It will not be as dramatic as other projects in the corridor," Spraker said.