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AUBURN — The Auburn Planning Board Tuesday approved a second location for a popular local coffee drive-thru business.

In a unanimous vote, the board approved a new 275-square-foot kiosk for Simple Roast Coffee to be located at the shopping plaza at 321 W. Genesee St.

Despite the enthusiastic approval by the board — "We all love coffee," board member Elizabeth Koenig joked — there was some slight concern regarding the kiosk's potential effect on traffic.

Koenig, who joked that she's likely one of owner Matthew Peirson's best customers, said she was worried the second location would exceed Peirson's expectations and become just as popular and busy as the first location, which is located on Grant Avenue Road in Sennett, potentially resulting in long lines backing up into the road.

Peirson said the intention for the new location is to act as relief for the primary business. With an estimated service time of around a minute, Peirson said he did not at all expect any backups, further noting that the busiest the existing location gets is 24 vehicles at a time.

"I don't think it's going to cause any kind of traffic issue," Peirson said.

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Referring to the design presented before the board, Peirson, along with architect Jill Fudo, noted that while one lane was designed to hold six vehicles in accordance with code, the other lane would loop back into the shopping plaza's parking lot and allow for an essentially "infinite" amount of cars.

Along with additional features like a pulloff lane for anyone leaving the line, concrete barriers and planters to direct the flow of traffic and more, Peirson said that, unlike the current location in Sennett, the proposed plaza has two entrances, making any issue of blocking an entrance unlikely.

Senior Planner Stephen Selvek said, in response to a question from board member Crystal Cosentino, that the city's staff was recommending the approval of the project based on Peirson's assurances that the six vehicle allowance would be enough.

Should that prove untrue, the city's code enforcement officer would have the right to issue a cease and desist and have the business come before the board again to remedy any issue.

With the board's approval, Peirson said after the meeting he hoped to have the new kiosk ready for business sometime in December, hopefully before Christmas.

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Staff writer Ryan Franklin can be reached at (315) 282-2252 or ryan.franklin@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @RyanNYFranklin

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