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Starbucks, Aspen Dental building approved for construction in Macedonia

By Mike Lesko | Reporter Published: January 25, 2017 12:00 AM
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Macedonia -- Residents will be able to sip some Starbucks coffee after visiting the dentist next door in Macedonia.

A Starbucks and an Aspen Dental office will share a building to be built 545 East Aurora Road, under a plan approved unanimously Jan. 9 by the Macedonia Planning Commission.

Construction is expected to begin in early March, depending on the weather, for the building on slightly less than one acre on the northeast corner of Route 82 and Waters Drive, according to Brian Grassa, of Cedarwood Development in Akron.

He said he hopes the two businesses will open around the end of 2017 or beginning of 2018.

Starbucks, which will be in the portion of the building to the west, will occupy about 2,000 square feet, while Aspen, in the part of the building to the east, will take up about 3,500 square feet.

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"These two highly sought-after tenants," Grassa said. "They will be on a piece of land on the Route 82 corridor that hasn't been utilized to its potential for years, so it's a win-win situation for everybody."

Starbucks will be a drive-through facility. There will be entrance/exits off both roadways. The one on Waters Drive will be pushed as far to the north from the main intersection as possible, officials said.

As vehicles enter the property, they will move around the building in a counter-clockwise direction, Grassa said. Orders will be placed on the north side of the building and the actual pick-up will be on the west side of the building.

There will be 33 parking spaces.

City Planner Brian Frantz said Jan. 9 he was concerned about the traffic flow, which was initially planned to go in different directions.

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Under that scenario, "when you come out of the drive-through lane, you don't know who takes precedence," he said. "When you come around the building, there's a blind spot there. I understand it's an inconvenience with one-way traffic, but we did that effectively with the Dunkin' Donuts site. It seems to work and it's a very similar situation."

Grassa said having traffic move in one direction would not be a problem.

"We have no issue with that whatsoever," he said.

Grassa said there will be a 15-foot buffer of evergreen trees planted along a fence on the north property line to separate the existing houses.

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