Plans to build new Scooter's Coffee in Beaverdale hit a snag
Developers looking to bring a new Scooter's Coffee shop to Des Moines' Beaverdale neighborhood are asking the City Council to step in after the Plan and Zoning Commission rejected their plans.
Why it matters: Developers want to open the shop at a gas station that has stood vacant at the corner of Beaver and Douglas avenues for more than a decade. It's one of the busiest intersections in the neighborhood.
- Demolition was expected in coming weeks and the coffee shop was slated to open in late spring, now-former councilperson Bill Gray said during the December meeting.
Flash forward: Des Moines is now pushing for the proposed 669-square-foot drive-thru building to include a patio to make the site more pedestrian friendly.
- It's part of an alternative site plan being sought by developers that would waive some requirements associated with entrances and building design.
Yes, but: Outdoor seating would also require the site to provide public restroom facilities.
- That would add to the building's footprint and not allow for enough queuing space to prevent drive-thru congestion, project designer Brandon Short told zoning commissioners last month.
Between the lines: The site, which is just over half an acre, is too small, zoning commissioner Todd Garner said during last month's meeting.
- The property needs to be combined with adjacent properties to build something more appropriate for the location, Garner said.
What's next: City Council will consider the developers' appeal on June 13.
Of note: Officials from Knapp Homes did not return Axios' request for comment.
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