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After Uncertainty, Starbucks Plans Move Forward At Old Carson’s Ribs Site

Since showing interest in opening their latest Edgewater Starbucks at 5970 N. Ridge Ave.  (between Clark and Paulina), there has been some uncertainty about the company following through on those plans.

Starbucks filed for a special use license to establish a one-lane drive-through at the store. According to the 40th Ward Office, the request was heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals on August 18th and has officially been approved allowing the company to get the permits needed to begin development. The application approval is specific to Starbucks.

The Starbucks is planned on the site of the former Carson’s Ribs, which sat vacant for over a decade. The site is 22,000 square feet and has build-ability for approximately 46,640 square feet of mixed-use development.

Last January, residents received letters in the mail concerning the project. They were sent out in accordance with the requirements for a special use application under the Chicago Zoning Ordinance. According to the letter, Crossroads Ridge LLC ( the Schaumburg-based company who owns the property) filed the application around December 19, 2016 to allow for the development of the property.

According to the reports, the work will entail the demolition of the current structure which will make way for construction and establishment of a single story Starbucks store with a one-lane drive-through facility.

The property sits on the busy intersection of Clark and Ridge, a major gateway for people commuting to and from the city up to northern neighborhoods. The property sees a high amount of traffic, with an estimated 38,000 cars passing through every day.


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