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Douglas County Starbucks plant to undergo expansion

by Amy Alonzo

The distribution side of Douglas County’s Starbucks’ roasting and distribution center may increase in size.
Applications to expand the distribution side of the facility were submitted by the corporation to the county April 27.

The proposed expansion is expected to add 100 jobs at the site. It is expected to cost nearly $50 million to build.

“The Starbucks Carson Valley Distribution Center will greatly increase the regional distribution and storage capacity of the Starbucks Corporation,” according to the application.

One application proposes a 720,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center expansion that would be connected to the current facility, located off Johnson Lane. The existing building is a 415,000-square-foot roasting plant and distribution center.

A second application, for a design review of the current parking lot, includes a decrease in the number of required parking places at the site from 1,237 to 774.

According to the application, the current facility has 234 passenger vehicle parking spaces, 248 trailer parking spaces and 32 dock-loading spaces. The proposed warehouse expansion would add 230 vehicle spaces, 62 trailer spaces and 48 dock-loading spaces, for a total of 774 parking spaces, excluding dock-loading spaces. County code requires a minimum of 1,237 spaces for the size of the proposed facility.

The Planning Commission is holding a public hearing on the application to reduce the required number of parking spaces as part of the expansion at 8 a.m. Tuesday at 1616 8th St., Minden.

Starbucks’ original Douglas County roasting facility opened in 2003 as a 360,000-square-foot plant before expanding in 2005. It is located on a 100-acre site that Starbucks purchased for $4.6 million. Construction of the original facility cost about $40 million.

A groundbreaking at the facility, 2525 Starbucks Way, will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The project is expected to take about one year