Starbucks proposed on south end of IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — Starbucks will be the main tenant of a new retail building at the site of a former gas station and Burger King that burned seven years ago, according to an application submitted to the city of Iron Mountain.

The proposed building at 1950 S. Stephenson Ave. measures about 5,100 square feet, with room for two additional retail spaces, said Adam Stein of Logic Design & Architecture Inc. of Wauwatosa, Wis.

The Starbucks would offer an indoor cafe, outdoor seating and a drive-through with anticipated hours of 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, but varying on weekends.

The city planning commission will have a public hearing at 3:30 p.m. today at city hall concerning the drive-through.

Under the city’s zoning ordinance, a special permit is required to ensure development standards are met.

Starbucks Corp., headquartered in Seattle, is the world’s largest coffeehouse chain with more than 38,000 stores, nearly of them half in the U.S. The nearest Starbucks to Iron Mountain is in Escanaba. There are three stores in Marquette, along with one each in Marinette and Rhinelander, Wis. There are about a dozen Starbucks outlets in the Green Bay, Wis., area.

According to Stein’s application, the building will represent Starbucks’ newest prototype. The property owner is listed as 1950 S. Stephenson Ave. LLC, with Lava Francis of Wild Bill’s Tobacco in Troy as the contact.

Fuel tanks were removed previously from the former EZ Stop Mobil gas station site, city officials said. A May 20, 2017, fire consumed the entire gas station storefront as well as part of the Burger King restaurant. The new Starbucks would be the first development at the site since the fire.


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