What’s not to approve about Peet’s
Like Elizabeth Dreyer, I was appalled to hear of the Planning Commission’s denial of a permit for Peet’s coffee.
I worked downtown for five years and never had a problem crossing Broadway in the morning to go to work or to make the bank deposit. The least amount of traffic is in the morning. Peet’s will provide needed jobs in the community, particularly for young people, and they do spend some of their money in Sonoma.
I thoroughly believe in spending “local,” but frankly, am tired of the trendy, crowded and overpriced coffee places around the Plaza. Peet’s will provide a low key alternative and we won’t have to go to Napa to buy their fresh ground coffee.
The businesses on Broadway have difficulty attracting foot traffic; Peet’s will enhance both local and tourist pedestrian traffic on Broadway. The building exterior will not be altered, so it would maintain the historic character of Sonoma.
What’s not to approve? Maybe the Planning Commission thinks another real estate office or tasting room would provide needed business diversity in the downtown historic area?