|(Not an official rendering, for illustration only)|
The building will likely be demolished, not reused
|The developers are masters of drive-through coffee it seems|
For the developer that's a feature.
For the rest of us, this is a regrettable bug. Downtown has no business with any new drive-through enterprises!
But there is not likely to be any legal or administrative reason not to approve the project, so we'll have to live with it.
But if we want a more vibrant, more walkable downtown, drive-through, auto-oriented coffee is not the answer.
Moreover, the coffee shack represents erosion and flight from the core downtown area. It looks like this new drive-through will effectively replace the corner store at Liberty and Chemeketa that closed last month. So we go from sidewalk-oriented to drive-through. That's a distinctly retrograde move and a missed opportunity for something more vibrant on the corner. It will reinforce the autoism of Highway 22 here.
In the end, it's not a catastrophe, but it's not progress either.