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1st Tim Hortons proposed for downtown Lancaster not on fast track

That Tim Hortons cafe mocha is going to be a slow perk in downtown Lancaster, if it brews at all.

The first Tim Hortons coffee shop proposed for the village faces an uphill climb after planning officials gave it a thumbs down and kicked their denial recommendation to village leaders.

The proposal calls for a 713-square-foot addition that would be a drive-through and walk-up to the Sunoco gas station/Mini-Mart at Central and Broadway, but traffic and safety concerns are making it a tough sell.

"I don't think it's a good fit because of the traffic, but I have no backup, other than to say from experience, looking at other Tim Hortons," Deputy Mayor Kenneth O'Brien said Thursday. "There needs to be a traffic study and more sophisticated site plan and application."

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The proposal by Joga and "Rani" Singh of Clarence - who own the gas station/deli at the village's most prominent intersection - was considered by the Village Planning Commission, but denied for multiple reasons, including required variances, negative traffic impacts, the effect on existing businesses, safety and lack of access for emergency responders. But planning board members did not go into much detail in their reasons for denial .

The biggest sticking point is that the footprint for the Tim Hortons addition would exceed village code that says buildings cannot be enlarged by more than 25 percent.  The proposal would almost double the footprint. An outdoor patio with umbrella-styled tables and chairs also is proposed along the Broadway side of the building.

Traffic congestion concerns are also being raised.

The Village Board ultimately has the final say.

 

 

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