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Drive-Through Starbucks to Open in Leucadia

Residents appealed the project, but it got the green light.

A new building that will include a drive-through Starbucks will be built on Orpheus Avenue just west of Interstate-5

Wednesday night the Encinitas City Council unanimously voted to uphold the Planning Commission’s approval of the project, which was appealed by Leucadia couple Susan and Dean Turney. 

Developers plan to build a three-unit building on the empty plot of land that used to be a Texaco gas station, and some residents including the Turneys, took issue with the fact that the Planning Commission cut the developer some slack on meeting the city’s standard 20-foot setback/landscaping requirements.

In order to make room for parking spaces a portion of the project's landscaping barrier will be located within the public-right-of-way. Some residents worried that if Orpheus Avenue was ever expanded, that landscape buffer would be lost, leaving nothing but the unsightly parking lot. Wednesday night Encinitas City Councilwoman Teresa Barth pointed out that because that roadway is built-out, “that’s as wide as Orpheus is going to get in our lifetime, so you’re not going to lose that buffer.” The project will also have about 24 percent landscaping, which is well above the required 15 percent — a factor that weighed in on the Planning Commission’s decision.

Deputy Mayor Jerome Stocks assured residents assured residents that this was “not a sweetheart deal,” pointing out that the Planning Commission had made a decision based on what city code allows. He also pointed out that part of this project will include a sewer line, which residents who are currently on septic systems will be able to tie into and use.

The future Starbucks will be housed inside a three-unit 3,669-square-foot building, but no word yet on the other two tenets. The coffee shop will also have a small outdoor dining area. Between its storefronts and counters inside larger retailers like Vons and Target, this will be Starbucks’ ninth location in Encinitas.

Story updated Dec. 1 at 1:45 p.m.   

Amanda Andreen December 01, 2011 at 05:43 PM
True, there are a ridiculous number of Starbucks stores in Encinitas alone, but I think it's awesome that we're getting a drive-through Starbucks. Many other cities in North County already have then and they always seem to be packed. This seems to balance out the locations of coffee shops in the different neighborhoods of Encinitas, and might be good for other businesses in Leucadia. And clearly Encinitas residents love Starbucks if in this economy the corporation is opening a 9th location here, when it's closing its doors in other places.
Anjani December 02, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Remember when we hated Starbucks? True enough though whenever I go to Starbucks there is always a line. "You will be assimilated." The Borg. “That’s as wide as Orpheus is going to get in our lifetime, so you’re not going to lose that buffer." said Teresa Barth. I say, "We need to think of future generations before this town looks like every other town I drove through on my way up to the Whole Being weekend in Idyllwild last summer." I think the planning committee should have given the residents their right of way back. Sounds like a sweetheart deal to me.
Kiley January 17, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I drive by that corner daily and it's become a dumping ground. I'm excited that there will be a Starbucks, they always keep their locations nice and clean. It sounds like there will be plenty of landscaping as well... hopefully the other two merchants will be something that will enhance the small area. We need to be positive as a community, this is a good thing for that corner!
Delaney Lindsay November 08, 2012 at 02:50 PM
i love it

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