The Dunwooody Planning Commission approved a new Starbucks coffee shop in the Ravinia development.
Hines, the Ravinia’s developer, received unanimous backing from the commission on Sept. 13. Hines also made a presentation about the project to the Dunwoody Homeowner’s Association on Sept. 11.
Dunwoody City Coucnil will consider the application on Oct. 24.
The coffee shop is proposed on a 4/5-acre lot on the northern portion of the Ravinia property on Ashford-Dunwoody Road.
It is planned to be a 2,000-square-foot building with 27 parking spaces and a drive-through window.
Vikram Mehra, vice president of Hines, said that adding a Starbucks would be a boost for the area.
“Ravinia is a great project. We’re very proud of it. But like many projects of the ‘80’s, it’s very inwardly focused,” Mehra said. “This is an attempt to re-amenitize and reposition this project.”
Mehra said there would not be an entrance on Ashford-Dunwoody Road.
“This is really not a destination restaurant. It’s for maybe people who are already on Ashford-Dunwoody Road or at Ravinia,” Mehra said.
The design of the building will include a natural color scheme and will incorporate a chimney that is already on the property.
Kathy Zickert, an attorney representing Hines, said there is no reason to be concerned about the chimney because it was built as a decorative element when Ravinia was developed.
“The chimney has no historic significance whatsoever,” Zickert said.
Mehra said Starbuck’s is also seeking a LEED certification for this location, meaning it will be an environmentally friendly building.