The Starbucks proposed for a shopping center on South Claiborne Avenue in Central City got an extremely enthusiastic approval from the New Orleans City Council last week, allowing it to press forward quickly with its construction plans.It must have just echoed out from the walls. Also LaToya has been "working on it a long time" so I'd love to hear about what kind of tax break they're getting. Not that it's too big a deal. I mean if you're gonna put a bunch of suburban box stores and drive through fast food somewhere, South Claiborne is just about the most appropriate place for it in the city. And, I mean, sure, if you're gonna open a Starbucks, it's probably a good idea to have a drive-through anyway. It's not safe to just go in there and hang out.
The Starbucks will be a separate building within the shopping center that takes up the 2800 block of South Claiborne, but will require the demolition of a small section of the structure to make room for it, plans submitted to the city show.
The project also required specific City Council approval for its drive-through, which was granted quicker than it takes to get a cup of coffee Thursday.
“This is a project I’ve been working on for a long time,” said City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell.
The project received a “woo hoo” within the Council chambers as the motion to approve it passed unanimously.
The excitement is curious, though. It's just a coffee shop. It's not like it's Trump Tower or anything.