Starbucks submits plans to build store on Ohio 4 in Hamilton

Coffee lovers in Hamilton may be getting another option for places to get a beverage: It was announced Thursday that Starbucks has submitted plans for building a store in the city.

Images shared on Facebook by Vice Mayor Michael Ryan show an artist’s rendering for the national coffee chain to be located at 105 N. Erie Blvd., a 1.25-acre parcel owned by Ed and Karen Larkin, according to the Butler County Auditor’s Office. The Larkins own the Rose Automotive land across the street.

The plan is to construct a 2,265-square-foot Starbucks with a drive-thru, which is projected to cost $1 million, according to documents submitted to the city’s planning department by Compton Addy Commercial Real Estate. The plans show the proposed building oriented on the northern end of the site, nearest to Walgreens at the corner of Ohio 4 and High Street.

The plans were submitted to the city’s building department, and the land is zoned as Business Planned Development, or BPD, and will need to be reviewed by the planning commission. There is not, as of Thursday, a timeline for the project, according to the city.

MJM Architects are set to design the building, according to the submitted documents.

If the plans are accepted and the project comes to fruition, this coffee shop will be the third in a couple of blocks of that area: The Fringe Coffee Shop at 918 High St. is just around the corner, and Biggby Coffee is as well, on the opposite side of the road from The Fringe at 1055 High St.

Across the High Main Bridge is True West, a coffee shop at 313 Main St. that has become a staple for coffee drinkers in Hamilton. Several other restaurants along High, Main and Erie offer coffee, signaling that Hamilton is increasingly a popular place to grab a cup.