It may seem like there is a Starbucks on nearly every corner, but one new location will be turning heads in Overland Park.
It is one of only three Starbucks in the entire United States built out of re-used shipping containers.
The new Starbucks is set to open at 10201 W. 75th St. near West 75th Street and Switzer Road.
The new concept was not initially approved because city leaders had concerns about the appearance.
The idea was so new, council members had to research the concept to make sure it was a good fit for Overland Park.
Current planning manager Leslie Karr sees a lot designs cross her desk from hopeful developers. The Starbucks design stood out.
"We have not had anyone propose to use a shipping container before, so there was some learning on our part about how that would work," she said. "People hear it is a shipping container, and they think about what they see going by on the trains. That is kind of a building block for the structure. It won't resemble a shipping container."
During similar construction, a large crane lifted and lowered the storage containers into place. They company is using the design for drive-thru only locations.
"There is one in Denver. There is one in Seattle. So this is definitely unique," Karr said.
Attorney Curt Petersen said the concept is catching on. He worked with city council to get the approval for the developer.
"The city of Overland Park was just doing its diligence because this concept is brand new around here. 'Is it going to last a long time? Is it going to look nice?' Those were the primary concerns. Once they had the information about it they were excited about it," Petersen said.
The new design is part of an effort by Starbucks to make sure all new, company-owned stores are leed-certified.
"There are two main environmentally sustainable. One is you are taking something that would be scrap which is used shipping containers and using them for a building for decades to come. When you put components and materials back into that structure a lot of them are recycled and refurbished," Petersen said.
Petersen said the idea to use re-used shipping containers came about because the company's Seattle headquarters is surrounded by the containers.
The containers are used by Starbucks to ship coffee and tea around the world.
Once they reach their 20-year lifespan, many were winding up in scrap yards across the country.
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