Those looking to get their caffeine fix will soon have another option in Litchfield.
The site plan and signage gap for a Scooters Cafe on vacant land off U.S. Highway 12 East received City Council approval at its September 20 meeting.
Scooter’s Coffee is a national franchise with nearly 400 locations, many in the Midwest. The company was founded in 1998 in Omaha, Nebraska, and plans to double or even triple in size over the next two years, according to Tim Scott, who will own the local franchise.
The local operation will be built on Scooter’s ‘driving cafe’ concept. There will be no indoor seating and the building will only be about 635 square feet, according to plans shared with the city.
The building will be located on a three-tenths of an acre lot at 602 US Highway 12 East, a vacant lot just west of Pizza Hut on the south side of the highway. It will face north, with an entrance to the business from Davis Avenue west.
Signage plays a key role in the business plan, as it aims to attract customers traveling on Highway 12. The building will feature prominent signs on four elevations on all four sides. The company will also have a “monument sign” on the northwest corner of the property.
In addition to the site plan, Scott requested waivers to city parking requirements and signage regulations. With drive-thru only, the only parking the company will need will be for employees, so they’ve only provided five parking spaces – far less than the city code requirement of 63.
Signs on all four sides of the building and the monument sign — which Scott says in his application are required by the company — also required a waiver. The city ordinance allows a maximum of four signs for on-site advertising with a maximum size of 100 square feet per sign. The scooters will have two 43.5 square foot signs, two 18.25 square foot circular logos and the monument sign which is 54.8 square feet and would be 12 feet high. While the total signage area of 178.8 will be less than the 400 square feet allowed, but the number of signs exceeds the maximum of four, so the variance was necessary.
The Litchfield Planning Commission recommended approval of the deviations after reviewing the plans at its September 13 meeting, and the city council unanimously agreed.
No date has been given for the start of the work.