City Planning approves drive-through facilities for coffee shop, bank
The City Planning Commission approved an applicant’s revised plan to permit drive-through facilities at both a bank and coffee shop at the currently blighted site located at 1532 Robert E. Lee Boulevard, the former Lake Terrace Shopping Center. The staff originally recommended approval for only the drive-through bank because of traffic concerns with the drive-through coffee shop.
The City Planning hearing took place Tuesday, Sept. 13, and the applicant turned in a revised plan that agreed to make the Hamburg Street intersection on the property exit-only on Sept. 12.
“One change, and it’s been discussed with the adjacent property owner is we will agree to have the exit on Hamburg Street be an exit only,”Architect Chip Verges said before The City Planning Commission in City Hall. “And so you will not be able to enter at that point. They were concerned about traffic, about the cars stacking up back on Hamburg Street. We do not have an issue with that.”
Albert Pappalardo, leasing agent for property on 6100 Hamburg Street, followed Verges.
“As Mr. Verges just correctly summarized, our opposition was to the design that created an ingress (entrance) on Hamburg street, which may have created very concerns for our tenants and the patients of our tenants, who are located into Hamburg Street, backing into Hamburg street,” Pappaladro said.
All six staff members in The City Planning Commission public hearing agreed for approval, and they explained that according to required provisions after a permit is granted with City Council approval, a traffic impact analysis has to be done before the permit is issued.