Starbucks may be coming to Pullman’s Main Street

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Feb. 12 – A new Starbucks could come to Pullman’s Main Street if the city agrees to sell or lease part of the land to the developer.

Per the agenda for Tuesday’s Pullman City Council meeting, Forza Development LLC plans to demolish the former Oasis Teriyaki & Pho restaurant at 530 E. Main St. and build a new drive-through Starbucks. The 936-square-foot building would also have a window for pedestrian and mobile order pickup with a patio area.

“We are excited to be working at Pullman and anticipate a successful project that will replace an old building with a new, quality structure with a quality tenant,” Forza said in a letter to the city council. “We designed the site to accommodate a large line of vehicles in dual drive-through lanes to accommodate Starbucks’ requirements and allow vehicles to enter and exit the campus without backup on Main Street.”

The city currently owns a portion of the land that Forza intends to develop. The 12.5 foot wide portion along the northeast corner of the property is a formerly cleared right-of-way.

The City Council may elect to sell this property to Forza, negotiate a leasehold, or keep the city property. If the city retains ownership, Forza would have to decide whether to abandon the project or modify it to avoid encroaching on the city’s land.

Also on Tuesday, the City Council will consider reducing the speed limit for a section of State Route 27 from 55 mph to 45 mph.

According to city officials, Aspen Heights’ development near the freeway has resulted in an increase in traffic at the intersection with Pullman Albion Road.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and Pullman are working with a developer to build a roundabout at the intersection this summer.

Staff suggested reducing the speed limit to 45mph north and south of the roundabout. The roundabout itself would have a speed limit of 15 mph.

Subject to Council approval, the decision to change the speed limit will be submitted to the Transport Minister in Olympia.

Tuesday’s 7 p.m. session can be viewed on the city’s YouTube channel.

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