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Proposed Starbucks gets mixed reception from Montrose merchants

September 11, 2011 |  1:42 pm

A proposed Starbucks on Honolulu Avenue in the Montrose Shopping Park is getting mixed reviews from local business owners who say the corporate chain may not mesh with the independent image of the area.

Starbucks plans to open in the 1,840-square-foot storefront that currently houses Color Me Mine on the southeast corner of Honolulu and Ocean View Boulevard, but it must first secure a conditional-use permit to change the space from retail to fast food because it has more than eight seats.

Starbucks is also requesting a parking-reduction permit so it can have 15 fewer spaces than required by city code. The potential for a corporate addition to the district has split opinion among existing business owners, with some who contend a Starbucks would bring badly needed foot traffic to other storefronts, and others who worry about the effects on parking and traffic.

Maureen Palacios, owner of Once Upon A Time bookstore and treasurer for the Montrose Shopping Park Assn., said during a recent board meeting that a Starbucks would increase vehicle traffic and hurt parking in the district, according to the Valley Sun.

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-- Mark Kellam and Brittany Levine, Times Community News

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