Planning Commission OKs drive-thru Starbucks on Big Beaver

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published July 30, 2019

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TROY — Starbucks will make a change to the storefront at Big Beaver and John R roads, in the Troy Sports Center, following the Troy Planning Commission’s approval of a drive-thru window.

The Planning Commission unanimously approved the special use and preliminary site plan July 9.

The plans feature a new 5,300-square-foot building with a drive-thru window fronting Big Beaver Road, constructed in the current parking lot area. It will offer 30 parking spaces and stacking for nine vehicles for the drive-thru window.

A special use is needed for drive-thrus in the community business zoning district.

Ben Carlisle, of Carlisle/Wortman Associates, the city’s planning consultant, told the Planning Commission that 79 parking spots would be lost in the Troy Sports Center parking lot. He noted that this could pose a concern during the big hockey tournaments held at the center, when parking would spill over into the Kroger or Walgreens parking lots, resulting in drivers circling to find spots and pedestrians walking a long way through the lot to get to their vehicles.

He said the recommendation was to approve the plans with conditions that included providing an operational parking plan and directional signage to ensure safe circulation, and adding three street trees.

“We looked at it as a sea of asphalt,” said Peter Stuhlreyer, of Designhaus, speaking on behalf of developer Dennis Bostick.

Parking is proposed to surround the building. The drive-thru plans show the window on the west side of the building, wrapping around the rear, or north end, of the building.

“Starbucks is looking to move out of the strip,” Bostick said to the Planning Commission. “They did approach us. They are anxious for a drive-thru.”

“I think it’s a really good upgrade to the site,” said Planning Commissioner Ollie Apahidean.