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Patch Letter: Keep Starbucks Traffic out of Montrose

Sparr Heights resident Melanie McKinnell wants to keep the charm of Montrose without the hustle and bustle that a Starbucks could bring.

The last thing Montrose needs is more cars driving the streets and trying to park. The charm of Montrose is its Mom and Pop atmosphere and having everyone walk the streets with the kids and pets.

A Starbucks would add yet more cars to an already congested location. And besides, we already have a . A Starbucks across the street from a Coffee Bean is overkill, especially when there is a Starbucks less than a quarter mile away. T

he city has reasons for their parking requirement. A variance would be a slap in the face to the very regulation that is meant to protect communities from this very thing. I for one will be protesting the addition of a Starbucks in Montrose and hope the city will deny the requested variance.

Melanie McKinnell
Sparr Heights Resident

John MacDougall October 02, 2011 at 01:03 AM
It is after all, a SHOPPING park, which means, the first they it needs is customers! Without customers, it dies. To say that the last thing it needs is a place that attracts customers sort of misses the point of why the shopping park is there in the first place. It needs to attract people. There is PLENTY of parking in Montrose. There is never a problem finding a place to park. What it needs is more people parking and shopping.
Karen Louise Lawrence October 02, 2011 at 05:29 AM
I feel that the Montrose Shopping Park Association are hippocrites! They already have chain stores. What about Quizno's, Coffee Bean or the soon to be opened Trader Joes. I don't care or Quizno's, I prefer Starbuck's over Coffee Bean. Do you remember when there was a J.C. Penney's in Montrose? All chain stores. By letting chain stores do business in Montrose they have set a precedent. If you don't allow Starbuck's to do business in Montrose then you will have to give eviction notices to Quizno's and Coffee Bean and stop Trader Joe's from opening. What about Bank of America and Chase? They would have to go too, in order to keep that "Mom and Pop" feel. I have seen many businesses come and go during the 52 years of my life, being born and raised in the area. I would assume that out of desparation they let Quizno's and Coffee Bean do business in Montrose. They did not want more vacant stores! Vacant stores means no revenew for the city.
chuck weiss October 02, 2011 at 01:15 PM
I think a Starbucks at that site would be a nice addition to that intersection, but ONLY if the City of Glendale doesn't grant them a parking variance. If Starbucks still chooses to open a location there, more power to them.
Steve Davis October 02, 2011 at 04:59 PM
I don't like the idea of a Starbucks there, however I don't think the city should forbid them from coming into Montrose. I am, however, against them granting Starbucks the parking variation. If they want to open there, they can do it with the current parking situation.
John MacDougall October 02, 2011 at 11:01 PM
I'm curious about the parking variation. Seems to me very few businesses in the Montrose Shopping Park have their own parking. They share the metered on-street angle parking spots and the municpal lots behind the stores. A few of the banks, the pet store, and the strip mall behind Coffee Bean have their own lots, but most do not. FroyoLife frozen yogurt place has similar customer traffic, and only a couple of spots on the alley. Paradiz ice cream has no parking. Most of the restaurants depend on the communal parking. So, what parking requirements are there, and on whom are they enforced? I'm doubtful whether Starbucks would be requesting anything different in the way of a parking variance than most of the other restaurants, but I haven't seen any details on that.
Cameron Carothers October 04, 2011 at 05:56 AM
How will adding a Starbucks across the street from Coffee Bean bring more customers to the shopping park, especially when there are 2 others in close proximity? Will existing customers relocate from the Verdugo location with its lovely patio and more than ample parking? Don't think so.
chuck weiss October 04, 2011 at 02:45 PM
From what I've heard Cameron, if Starbucks would be allowed to open a location at that intersection they would remodel the front of the building and set back the north facing wall allowing for more outside seating. Coffee drinkers (of which I am one) can be strange beasts, as some prefer one chain of coffee over the other and flatly refuse to have a coffee drink from the competition, so the addition of a Starbucks there could bring in a new group of pedestrian traffic. Personally I would have liked to see a Starbucks come in somewhere else in the Montrose area, such as more near the West end by the new Trader Joe's or perhaps even in the mostly vacant medical office on Verdugo and Broadview, but the Oceanview/Honolulu location probably makes the best sense.
Denise October 04, 2011 at 11:54 PM
FINALLY, someone else agrees. Starbucks would be much better suited to the west end, however, I dont think there are really any large enough buildings at that end to accomodate the necessary size. Also, as I have said in previous comments....there is a great little mom & pop size coffee/snack place-'Java Brew' (very good coffee & great sandwhiches) at the west end, next door to Uptown Face & Body in the cute wood building. There are definitely enough places to get coffee at this point.
Bruce Weide October 05, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Would I be too bold to suggest that the addition of a quality live theater group to our beloved Montrose walk would be a rich addition? I own a business on Verdugo Blvd., and take every lunch I can patronizing our restaurant row. I've talked to a lot of the owners who have told me they would relish such a form of family entertainment for folks to run off to after a good meal evenings and weekends. I know my friend, Al Pugliese made an earnest attempt to start a troupe here locally, but sometime artists need someone else to be the business manager. Well it's not exactly like I've got spear time for a new hobby either, but I am starting some dialogs about the idea at least. If you agree with me, that perhaps this germ of an idea could be worth pursuing and better yet, you actually know someone who has had some success between those two worlds of art and business, let me know.
Chris Barnes October 06, 2011 at 03:30 AM
Bruce... I love the idea of a live theater group. I've taken my daughter to Glendale's Centre Theater for their Saturday kids shows and will be taking my wife on a date night there for some adult entertainment. I love it. Montrose would be a great location.
Bruce Weide October 06, 2011 at 08:10 PM
Right on, Chris. It starts with an idea. Talk it up, eh. I'm trying to get my persons of interest talking to me, but the more interest, the more potential.
Bruce Weide October 07, 2011 at 07:31 PM
PLEASE SEE MY BLOG - Patch Blog: A Better Idea Than Starbucks vs. Coffee Bean I AM READY TO ORGANIZE LIVE THEATER IN MONTROSE! http://montrose.patch.com/blog_posts/patch-blog-a-better-idea-than-starbucks-vs-coffee-bean
John K Bonner October 31, 2011 at 11:38 PM
10/31/11 Starbucks is the Seattle-based 800-lb gorilla of coffee shops determined to wipe out all others standing in its path. The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) is an LA-owned and operated coffee shop chain that is smaller than Starbucks. Starbucks presently has three coffee shop locations along Foothill Avenue--Sunland, La Crescenta, and Montrose. The CBTL in Montrose has been at its present location for eight years; it has a people-friendly staff and great offerings. The corner of Ocean View Avenue and Honolulu is already heavily congested, and a Starbucks with its in-out mentality and tinny coffee will make parking spaces scarcer and bring more congestion. Please. We don't need a Starbucks in downtown Montrose. Kirk (aka Doc)

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