Letter: Was Starbuck's drive-thru design on West Granada a mistake?

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  • | 3:00 p.m. April 3, 2023
  • Ormond Beach Observer
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A big planning mistake

Dear Editor:

I am sure there are a lot more people than just my wife and I that notice there sometimes is a dangerous situation on West Granada Boulevard at the entrance to Starbucks Coffee and Aldi. 

Aldi is not a problem, but Starbucks is. 

At times, if you are driving west on Granada and want to turn into either one of those businesses, the drive-thru line at Starbucks is backed up — Backed up so bad that cars cannot turn off Granada in either direction. I have noticed people getting aggravated because they can’t get to Aldi’s area because of cars sitting there. I don’t know if there have been any accidents there, but it’s just a matter of time. 

How did this all happen? My view is that Ormond Beach's planning and zoning department made a big mistake allowing the drive-thru to go from north to south alongside the building. All it takes is about 6 cars in the drive-thru to jam the Granada traffic back-up. 

Was it a mistake not having the drive-thru entrance come from the back of the building? I don’t think it was well thought out. Anyone who has seen this developing probably thinks the same thing... Stupid? Not well planned? It’s too late to redesign the building. I hope the new Culver's and IHOP planned farther east on West Granada Boulevard are planned better. 

Norman Echelberry

Ormond Beach

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