The owner of the historic De Hart's building at the Auke Bay marina received approval Tuesday to convert part of the building from storage to a sandwich and pizza restaurant, on the condition that owner Terry Hickok scraps the drive-through espresso window and smoothes out some traffic problems.
The state Department of Transportation and city planners had "deep concerns" about the safety of the espresso window that appeared recently despite not being permitted in the area, according to a city planners' staff report to commissioners.
Hickok also will be required to improve how cars circulate in the narrow area around the building.
This will include trimming vegetation to improve sight-distance for cars turning on Glacier Highway, restricting parallel parking, and making sure cars can turn around in the parking lot. Right turns will be forbidden on the northern entrance that flanks the building.
Commissioners approved the project, which was on the consent agenda, without discussion.
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