Traffic concerns top residents' complaints about Hortons drive-thru plans

News Jun 01, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Most people have time for Tim Horton’s, it seems, but they don’t want the traffic associated with a drive-thru.

That was the message given to the coffee chain and an east Mountain property manager at a public meeting Monday night.

Franchisee Heather Greer wants to install a drive-thru at her location at the Mount Breeze Plaza.

“People — society — they want a drive-thru,” said Greer. “For the ease of it … they’re in a hurry, they just want to go and they don’t want to get out of their cars.”

The store is the 16th Tim Hortons ever built and one of the few remaining without a drive-thru window. The landlord, Effort Trust, is willing to knock down a section of the mall, located on the northwest corner of Mohawk and Upper Gage, to make the change happen.

Greer wouldn’t comment on whether the restaurant would be closed if the drive-thru isn’t built.

About 45 people attended the meeting, organized by Ward 6 councillor Tom Jackson. Zoning for the plaza allows a drive-thru, so a public meeting isn’t required by the city, but he commended Tim Hortons and Effort Trust representatives for facing the residents and addressing their concerns.

While many in attendance said they were fans of the restaurant, no one spoke in favour of a drive-thru at the location, where traffic feeds onto East 38th St.

Many were concerned about congestion at the corner and safety from traffic trying to turn left at Mohawk.

“We love Tim Hortons,” said Ward 7 councillor Scott Duvall, who added he’d like to see the plaza given a makeover.

“What we don’t want is a drive-thru,” he said to applause.

Gerald Asa of Effort Trust said the plan calls for a two-lane drive-thru that would “stack” 14 cars and keep traffic from backing up on East 38th.

Other improvements at the plaza would stop vehicles from cutting through the parking lot to avoid waiting at a red light while turning from Upper Gage to Mohawk.

“We feel that on balance it will still be better than the existing (layout),” he said.

Barring any problems with the site plan submission, there will not be a committee of adjustment public meeting before construction.

Asa said any changes to the plaza are six to nine months away.

Traffic concerns top residents' complaints about Hortons drive-thru plans

Plan calls for dual drive-thru for Tim's at Mohawk and Upper Gage

News Jun 01, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Most people have time for Tim Horton’s, it seems, but they don’t want the traffic associated with a drive-thru.

That was the message given to the coffee chain and an east Mountain property manager at a public meeting Monday night.

Franchisee Heather Greer wants to install a drive-thru at her location at the Mount Breeze Plaza.

“People — society — they want a drive-thru,” said Greer. “For the ease of it … they’re in a hurry, they just want to go and they don’t want to get out of their cars.”

We love Tim Hortons. What we don’t want is a drive-thru.

The store is the 16th Tim Hortons ever built and one of the few remaining without a drive-thru window. The landlord, Effort Trust, is willing to knock down a section of the mall, located on the northwest corner of Mohawk and Upper Gage, to make the change happen.

Greer wouldn’t comment on whether the restaurant would be closed if the drive-thru isn’t built.

About 45 people attended the meeting, organized by Ward 6 councillor Tom Jackson. Zoning for the plaza allows a drive-thru, so a public meeting isn’t required by the city, but he commended Tim Hortons and Effort Trust representatives for facing the residents and addressing their concerns.

While many in attendance said they were fans of the restaurant, no one spoke in favour of a drive-thru at the location, where traffic feeds onto East 38th St.

Many were concerned about congestion at the corner and safety from traffic trying to turn left at Mohawk.

“We love Tim Hortons,” said Ward 7 councillor Scott Duvall, who added he’d like to see the plaza given a makeover.

“What we don’t want is a drive-thru,” he said to applause.

Gerald Asa of Effort Trust said the plan calls for a two-lane drive-thru that would “stack” 14 cars and keep traffic from backing up on East 38th.

Other improvements at the plaza would stop vehicles from cutting through the parking lot to avoid waiting at a red light while turning from Upper Gage to Mohawk.

“We feel that on balance it will still be better than the existing (layout),” he said.

Barring any problems with the site plan submission, there will not be a committee of adjustment public meeting before construction.

Asa said any changes to the plaza are six to nine months away.

Traffic concerns top residents' complaints about Hortons drive-thru plans

Plan calls for dual drive-thru for Tim's at Mohawk and Upper Gage

News Jun 01, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Most people have time for Tim Horton’s, it seems, but they don’t want the traffic associated with a drive-thru.

That was the message given to the coffee chain and an east Mountain property manager at a public meeting Monday night.

Franchisee Heather Greer wants to install a drive-thru at her location at the Mount Breeze Plaza.

“People — society — they want a drive-thru,” said Greer. “For the ease of it … they’re in a hurry, they just want to go and they don’t want to get out of their cars.”

We love Tim Hortons. What we don’t want is a drive-thru.

The store is the 16th Tim Hortons ever built and one of the few remaining without a drive-thru window. The landlord, Effort Trust, is willing to knock down a section of the mall, located on the northwest corner of Mohawk and Upper Gage, to make the change happen.

Greer wouldn’t comment on whether the restaurant would be closed if the drive-thru isn’t built.

About 45 people attended the meeting, organized by Ward 6 councillor Tom Jackson. Zoning for the plaza allows a drive-thru, so a public meeting isn’t required by the city, but he commended Tim Hortons and Effort Trust representatives for facing the residents and addressing their concerns.

While many in attendance said they were fans of the restaurant, no one spoke in favour of a drive-thru at the location, where traffic feeds onto East 38th St.

Many were concerned about congestion at the corner and safety from traffic trying to turn left at Mohawk.

“We love Tim Hortons,” said Ward 7 councillor Scott Duvall, who added he’d like to see the plaza given a makeover.

“What we don’t want is a drive-thru,” he said to applause.

Gerald Asa of Effort Trust said the plan calls for a two-lane drive-thru that would “stack” 14 cars and keep traffic from backing up on East 38th.

Other improvements at the plaza would stop vehicles from cutting through the parking lot to avoid waiting at a red light while turning from Upper Gage to Mohawk.

“We feel that on balance it will still be better than the existing (layout),” he said.

Barring any problems with the site plan submission, there will not be a committee of adjustment public meeting before construction.

Asa said any changes to the plaza are six to nine months away.