Garden City again approves new Dutch Bros after concerns over parking, car stacking


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The Dutch Bros in Garden City could be on the move, with a new drive-thru and office building just a few hundred feet from its current spot.

The locally-franchised chain of coffee drive-thrus applied earlier this year to build the new building at 5219 W. Chinden Blvd., on a portion of a current used car lot.

Travis Stroud of NW Development plans to construct two buildings on the site – an 876 square foot drive-thru for Dutch Bros, as well as a two-story office building for the coffee company, with an outdoor patio.

Concern over parking, drive-thru

Garden City officials initially approved the project, but Tom and Tyler Nelson, owners of the property under the Nelsons RV dealership next door appealed the project. They expressed concern over coffee-seekers in vehicles stacking up on their property – and a lack of parking on site.

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Site plan for proposed Dutch Bros. at Chinden Blvd. and 53rd St. in Garden City. Via ALC Architecture

“The Garden City Code prohibits drive-through vehicle stacking which creates an
impact off-site,” Samuel F. Parry with Givens Pursley wrote. “The project only has enough room for 11 vehicles to stack in its drivethrough (sic) lanes, which it will regularly exceed. Without more room to stack on-site, vehicles will back up into the drive aisles on the neighbors’ property in violation of City Code.”

The proposed new location would include a single drive-thru window, with stacking for up to 11 cars on the site. An attorney for the developer says the number of espresso machines will increase from one at the current restaurant to three, which should speed the delivery of drinks to customers. The attorney said the location is “unlikely to have more than 7-9 cars on-site at any one time, understanding there will always be anomalies.”

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The city accepted documentation of a cross-access agreement for additional parking.

After the appeal, the Garden City City Council voted to send the application back to the design review committee, who reviewed the appeal and proposed changes this fall. Earlier this week they voted to again approve the project, which would allow it to move forward.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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