Hearing Slated For Drive Thru Starbucks In Highland Park, Near Garvanza

By EGP Staff Report

The Los Angeles Department of City Planning will hold a public hearing Aug. 7 on a project that would convert a fast food restaurant on York Boulevard in Highland Park into a Starbucks coffee shop with a drive-thru lane.

If approved, the Starbucks would be located at 6238 and 6240 York Blvd, near the intersection North Figueroa Street. York is a major transportation route for people traveling to and from Pasadena, and to the110 Pasadena (Arroyo Seco) freeway.

The proposed location is adjacent to residential properties and the applicant, Bill Kempton, is seeking a conditional use permit that would allow the coffee shop to open at 6:00 a.m., one hour earlier than is currently permitted for the area, according to the notice of public hearing from the planning department. The Starbucks would keep the same 11:00 p.m. closing time.

At the hearing, planning officials will also consider whether potentially negative impacts from the drive-thru, such as noise and fumes from cars idling or noise from people placing orders, have been sufficiently mitigated to avoid significant effects on nearby homes

There is a drive-thru Starbucks about two miles away on the other end of York Blvd, near the intersection of Eagle Rock Boulevard.

The public will be allowed to ask questions or present testimony on the proposed project at the hearing before a decision is made.

The meeting will take place Aug. 7 at 11:00 a.m. at LA City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 1020, Los Angeles 90012.

For more information, contact planner Christina Toy Lee at (2130 473-9723 or christina.toy-lee@lacity.org



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