Possible Coffee Bean Appeal Brewing for Montrose Starbucks

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf could appeal the Glendale Planning Commission after the agency approved a parking reduction permit for Starbucks to operate with less parking spaces than the law requires.

Whether you prefer Coffee Bean or Starbucks, the battle between chain brews could continue with an appeal. 

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has 15 days to appeal Glendale Planning Commission after the , at 2284 Honolulu Avenue, near Ocean View Boulevard. 

Coffee Bean hasn't announced its decision yet. 

“We’re going to carefully consider this,” Terry Mansky, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, told the Glendale News-Press.

Mansky wasn't shocked by the decision, but it still felt disappointing, the News-Press reported. 

“That seems to be happening in places across the country,” Mansky said. “Wall Street icons are able to do what they want, regardless of the local implications.”

Mansky, along with many community members, business owners and landlords attended the Planning Commission public hearing in January, which was at times, .  

The approved parking reduction permit allows Starbucks to not provide the 14 parking spaces required for a fast-food location. 

Several design, construction plans are slated for the Starbucks, including an outdoor patio, which will be a 354 square-foot seating area and will reduce the floor area of the 2,122 square-foot location to 1,768 square feet. There would be 23 seats inside and 13 seats outside.

Here's what we've heard from locals about Starbucks, Montrose, Coffee Bean and various user opinions:

John K Bonner February 03, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Starbucks is the 800-lb gorilla of coffee shops. Its shops are found worldwide. The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) is LA-based and nowhere near as large as Starbucks as a corporation. The CBTL has occupied the SW corner of Honolulu Ave. and Ocean View Blvd. since the summer of 2003. The corner of Honolulu Ave. and Ocean View Blvd. is the most congested in the Montrose business district. Does anyone believe it's not going to get worse with a Starbucks on that corner?? In addition Starbucks has four locations within 3 miles; and one of these about 0.6 miles away. Why does Starbucks need yet another? John Bonner
Sue Kilpatrick February 03, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Where will the handi-capped parking be? According to ADA law, any renovation requires updated accessibility. Montrose already has no parking. Not sure they can legally put Starbucks in.
Bruce Weide February 03, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I can't believe that CBTL is only now jumping into the conversation. I spoke to them 3 months ago about taking some initiative. Nicole, am I mistaken, or is this the first they've become involved?
George L. February 03, 2012 at 10:31 PM
It seems good questions are being asked (after the fact) about parking etc. Does anyone know for a fact if CBTL had to obtain an exemption to establish themselves across the street? Just about every business on Honolulu would have to apply for this exemption, based on what I'm reading, since there are few businesses that have dedicated parking lots for their patrons. It seems a lot of folks wants to make Starbucks out to be a bad guy, but if other businesses are benefiting or rather allowed to operate with the same exemption then aren't we being a bit hypocritical to the 800lb gorilla? If they are getting the benefit of expedited permits then maybe you should say something to city council. BTW, there is a new "concierge" program in glendale assisting businesses in getting operational quicker by streamlining the process. Perhaps Starbucks is taking advantage of that service, don't like it, go to a city council meeting.
Bruce Weide February 04, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Right on George. I may not like, but if I want the luxury of being on the sidelines, I won't complain.


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