New Starbucks to be constructed at Wal-Mart Center

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The Woodland Park Wal-Mart will finally get a neighbor on its side of the highway.

Starbucks, the largest coffeehouse company in the world with nearly 21,000 stores in 62 countries, will add a new location by the end of the year at the parking lot entrance of Wal-Mart just off U.S. Highway 24.

Sally Riley proposed the amendment that gained unanimous approval (8-0) at the July 25 City of Woodland Park Planning Commission meeting for the new Starbucks. If all goes well, groundbreaking will take place before the end of the summer and the store will be up and running by the end of the year.

“The project meets the requirements of accepted land planning practices and promotes public, health, safety and general welfare through good site planning, aesthetically pleasing building with connection to the existing sidewalk and trail,” the Planning Commission said in its report.

The new Starbucks will be the first pad site to develop since Wal-Mart opened in November 2007. The 1,920-squae foot coffeehouse will have a drive-through lane and a 22-space parking lot.

No new sidewalks are proposed, other than those associated with the Starbucks footprint. An existing five-foot concrete sidewalk is located on the northern boundary of Lot 2, which connects easterly to sidewalk system along Highway 24 and westerly to the eight-foot wide asphalt trail along Fountain Creek. Starbucks internal pedestrian sidewalk connects to this existing sidewalk.

According to the City Utilities Department, the proposed 1,920-square foot building is a minor addition to the city’s existing water and sewer service demands. A 10-inch water main and an eight-inch sanitary sewer line exists within the service drive and was installed during the development of the Wal-Mart center.

Private service lines will be installed to connect to the existing utility lines. An existing fire hydrant is located near the building, which is sufficient to serve the new facility.

Starbucks has proposed to landscape with plant materials that will complement Wal-Mart’s landscape and meets city standards.

Starbucks also proposes to match the existing lights along the Wal-Mart center driveway.

The proposed structure is also designed to complement Wal-Mart’s architecture; tan color stucco and concrete block walls, and cultured stone columns, trimmed with wood timber ascents.

A gabled entry feature and awnings over the front windows add visual interest to the design. The green metal roof ties the building’s design directly to Wal-Mart’s awning and tower features.

This new Starbucks will be the city’s third location. The other two are located at 320 W. Midland Ave. and 1101 Highway 24 in the Safeway market.

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