Plan for New Columbia Coffee Shop Moves Forward, Despite Concerns

Sep 6, 2017

 

A star indicates the location of the potential new coffee shop, directly across from Hickman High School.
Credit Google Maps

Debate over a drive-thru Tuesday night didn't thwart a plan for a coffee shop on the corner of Forest Avenue and Providence Road.

The Columbia Missourian reports the Columbia City Council approved the rezoning of a plat on the corner of Providence Road and Forest Avenue, which will allow the current owners of Columbia Laundry to build a coffee shop with a drive-thru.

The plan drew some opposition from residents of the Ridgeway neighborhood who said it would cause increased westbound traffic on Forest Avenue.

A representative for the prospective coffee shop owners said the business would be big enough to be used as a community gathering space and library for people in the neighborhood as well as those who might walk over from Hickman High School.

Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala said that if traffic on Forest Avenue becomes a problem, one solution could be to change that portion of the street to one-way.