At most Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations meetings, members are in favor of new development in the suburban Boynton Beach area.
This week, the group had to vote on something a little different: A drive-through component with a Starbucks and a Chipotle at the Canyon Town Center plaza.
The majority voted to support it, which is the first time COBWRA has backed a drive-through west of Florida’s Turnpike.
And to some, that isn’t good.
“It seems to be that west of the turnpike I can’t seem to recall any drive-through restaurants being supported by COBWRA recently,” Mitch Rubin of Cobblestone Creek said. “Is there a change in COBWRA’s posture on this issue and will this set a precedent to attract congestion west of the turnpike?”
Myrna Rosoff, the president of COBWRA, said drive-throughs are voted on case by case, and sometimes the group has to move in the direction of things that are popular and do well in the community.
“The alternative is to have defunct, empty spaces,” Rosoff said.
Canyon Town Center on Boynton Beach Boulevard is already a bustling plaza with stores, a Publix, restaurants, medical facilities, boutiques and an amphitheater. The Chipotle and Starbucks would be at the entrance where Main Street and the two lakes are. They would be in the same building of about 5,400 square feet, according to a site plan shown by COBWRA.
Employees of businesses in the plaza as well as some customers already know about the Chipotle and Starbucks. Nick Ruiz, a shift manager at Panera Bread in the plaza, said at first he thought the incoming businesses were good news, but now he worries they might take away from Panera.
Ruiz said teens and children tend to be more excited about Chipotle than Panera.
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