Council to check Tims drive-thru application
Geoff Baker admits to being one of Kensington Tim Horton’s best customers.
So the town’s manager knows first-hand that changing or disrupting how drive-thru patrons get their morning caffeine fix can be a delicate subject.
The town has before it a request by Austin and Ramona Roberts, owners Roberts Holdings Inc., which operates the Kensington Tim’s, to reconfigure its drive-thru.
The town is currently negotiating a development agreement for the realignment.
“The drive-thru, in its current location, causes some issues around the main intersection and some transportation safety issues,” Baker added.
“If we are going to relocate it, we are going to try and fix a lot of those issues as much as we can.”
Roberts Holdings Inc. applied in early June for a building permit for the property at 73 Victoria St. the Kensington Club that it purchased from in 2014.
The company is proposing to redirect the current drive-thru so that the entrance would be on Woodleigh Drive rather than on Victoria Street, running the drive thru close to the Kensington Club building.
The current drive-thru exit, it is proposed, would remain as is.
“We’ve brought in an external development officer as well, Derek French, to work on this with us,” said Baker. “We are taking a fairly bad issue with the current access, trying to move it to a location that is still less than ideal, but there is some regulation, some restriction we can put around it to try and make it a more safe.” The estimated project cost, that of Roberts Holdings Inc., is $40,000 to $50,000, with the contractor being Seymour DesRoches Construction of Kinkora. Roberts Holding Inc. had hoped, as stated in its application, to begin the work on June 22, with a completion date of June 29.
Baker said the town and the company “are trying to work through” a number of issues regarding the proposed plan.
“The (proposed) relocated drive-thru is a little shorter than the current,” he said, adding one to two fewer cars would fit in the cue.
“We also have a police department where the (proposed) entrance is, where it is important it not get blocked. There are some driveways right in the immediate vicinity we want to make sure don’t get blocked. Its proximity to the intersection of Woodleigh Drive and Victoria Street is only two to three car lengths to the access to the drive-thru.”
The Town of Kensington is currently reviewing an application from Roberts Holdings Inc. to realign the drive-thru of the town’s Tim Hortons.