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Ashland finalizing plans for new Starbucks

The City of Ashland is finalizing plans for a new Starbucks.

Posted: Aug 13, 2019 3:41 AM
Updated: Aug 13, 2019 7:29 AM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- That proposed Starbucks will be on the corner of Walker Avenue and Ashland Street. The City of Ashland said Starbucks plans to repurpose an old bank building once it gets final approval from the city. 

The process to repurpose this building started earlier this summer. That's when Starbucks submitted a proposal to the city. The company said they want to add another entrance on Ashland Street and build an outdoor patio area. City planners said that there's a particular reason Starbucks chose this building. 

"The drive up is a big draw," said Derek Severson, a senior planner with the City of Ashland. "The city has a limited number of drive-through permits and a limited area of the town where drive-throughs are allowed. In this case, they not only had a permit available, but they already had a drive through window in place."

The City of Ashland already told people in the area about the proposed Starbucks in June. Nobody raised any issues. Neighbors can talk to the city about the proposed Starbucks until Aug. 21. The city can finalize construction plans after that date. 

The proposed Starbucks will sit right across the street from Remix Coffee Bar, a local shop. People who work there said they aren't too worried about losing customers. That's because Remix serves coffee, fresh pastries and even has beer on tap. Remix employees said these unique parts of their shop are what keeps customers coming back. 

Some locals said that there are already too many Starbucks in Ashland. 

"The money that stays in Ashland is really important because it'll help the community grow," said Steve Wasserman, a 40 year Ashland local. "I don't want to see the money and the profits go, poof, somewhere else."

Learn more about that proposed Starbucks with this interactive map: https://gis.ashland.or.us/developmentproposals/

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