New Oakville Starbucks with drive-thru is up for public hearing

Starbucks proposed along Telegraph

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The Starbucks in Affton, 10015 Gravois Road, is the newest Starbucks built in South County.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

A new drive-thru Starbucks in Oakville and a new residential house near Hancock Place School District headquarters are the public hearings slated to be heard by the St. Louis County Planning Commission at its April hearing next week. A proposed expansion of BetterLiving Sunrooms on Lemay Ferry Road has been postponed.

The commission will meet by videoconference only at 7 p.m. Monday, April 19. Instructions on how to join can be found at https://tinyurl.com/phApr19Webex.

To join the meeting via website: 1. Go to www.webex.com/downloads.html/ and follow prompts 2. Select Join a Meeting 3. Enter Meeting ID: 132 156 8886 4. Enter Password: pcph0419 To Join the meeting by phone call (audio): 1. Call 1-408-418-9388 2. When prompted, enter Meeting ID and Password provided above

Email comments can be submitted ahead of time to dsalberg@stlouisco.com, or you can attend the meeting and give public comments.

First and Main Properties is asking for zoning for a fast-food restaurant with a drive-thru at 5620 Telegraph Road, which would require a change in zoning for the 0.51-acre site near Tanzberger Drive from C-2 Shopping District to C-8 Planned Commercial District.

The site is the location of Yorkshire Cleaners, next to Telegraph Plaza and the Dierbergs.

Interim Department of Planning Director Gail Choate confirmed to The Call that the proposal is for a drive-thru Starbucks. A request for comment from First and Main Properties was not answered by the time The Call went to press.

Oakville previously had a Starbucks at Telegraph and Erb Road, but it didn’t have a drive-thru and closed. If the long drive-thru line at the next-closest Starbucks across from South County Center is any indication, the drive-thru is how the majority of visitors get their coffee in the morning.

There were rumors in the last few years that Starbucks was eyeing the Yorkshire Cleaners site, but First and Main instead proposed a new Domino’s with a drive-thru in February 2020, in plans that were dropped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adam and Michelle Droege of Fenton are asking for a change from commercial to residential zoning at 9438 S. Broadway Street and 109 Mann Street in Lemay, directly across the street from the Hancock Place Central Office and near the Lemay Wastewater Treatment Center of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. The Droeges are asking for a change from C-2 Shopping District to R-5 6,000 square foot Residence District for a 0.26-acre tract.