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Starbucks not part of new roadway – Video and Photo Gallery

Starbucks has its own plan for a new entrance and it does not include the new entrance into Westerville Shopping Center.

The new entrance into Westerville Shopping Center does not have access to Starbucks, yet.

Q&A via email with City Manager Dave Collinsworth

westervilleOH.IO: The new entrance into Westerville Shopping Center at Panera does not include a path to Starbucks. I remember seeing a different design on an early drawing during the State-Schrock construction that included a connection.

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Collinsworth: A connection between the shopping center and Starbucks is anticipated to be made at the rear of the properties. See attached graphic. (At right)

westervilleOH.IO: Not having Starbucks included in the new intersection doesn’t appear to do much to alleviate the congestion and danger posed by its customers u-turning to get into the store and then only being able to exit southbound.  

Collinsworth: The City is disappointed by Starbucks delaying its plan to upgrade their site with additional parking; an improved drive-thru window alignment; and access to the new signal via a connection to the shopping center.  Representatives of Starbucks originally indicated to City officials that their site upgrade would coincide with the timing of the State Street roadway improvements.  More recently, Starbucks indicated that the site improvements would coincide with the new entrance construction into the shopping center.  The City has not received any application from Starbucks to begin the site modification process.  The Planning Commission application deadline for the November meeting was last Monday, Oct 24.

westervilleOH.IO: Will the No U-turn sign return to the island in front of Starbucks? 

Collinsworth: The City will continue to weigh the impacts on traffic safety versus the impacts on the success of a valued business after the new shopping center entrance opens to help determine the merits of a No U-Turn sign at this location. 

westervilleOH.IO: Are there additional plans to restrict drivers crossing over southbound traffic to get to Starbucks?

Collinsworth: The City has a plan to create a “backage” road that will utilize the old railroad right of way to provide an alternative route for traffic to enter and exit from the rear of the businesses on the west side of State Street.  As part of past site plan approvals, many of the west side businesses have agreed to cooperate by sharing in the costs and providing cross access rights for this alternative road.  Timing of this work is development dependent.

westervilleOH.IO: What is the future for Starbucks if its access continues to be limited? Any development plans you aware of?  

Collinsworth: Only the plan previously shared and attached to this email.

Stone masons build a new pedestal for Westerville Shopping Center sign where a new entrance to the center was built. It is expected that the rear of the parking lot will connect to the Starbucks property for a new entrance to its drive-thru and and expanded parking lot.

Stone masons build a new pedestal for Westerville Shopping Center sign where a new entrance to the center was built. It is expected that the rear of the parking lot will connect to the Starbucks property for a new entrance to its drive-thru and and expanded parking lot.

Stone masons build a new pedestal for Westerville Shopping Center sign where a new entrance to the center was built. It is expected that the rear of the parking lot will connect to the Starbucks property for a new entrance to its drive-thru and and expanded parking lot.

Panera Bread at corner of Westerville Shopping Center where a new entrance to the center was built. It is expected that the rear of the parking lot at right will connect to the Starbucks property for a new entrance to its drive-thru and and expanded parking lot.

About The Author

Gary Gardiner

Former newspaper and Associated Press photographer. Instructor at Westerville Center for Photography. Owns SmallTown Stock, the Reasonably Rights Managed stock photo agency. Founder and Director for The American Scene Project, a heritage project dedicated to exhibiting and preserving photography of everyday American life.

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