Two empty lots in the 400 block of East Kansas Avenue could become the permanent location of the mobile Garden City coffee shop, New Grind Coffee, following the Garden City Commission’s approval Tuesday of the owners’ bid for the land.

The location will be a small drive-thru coffee shop with a walk-up service window and minimal parking, a brick-and-mortar revival of the current shop serviced out of a vintage trailer around Garden City. Owners Ryan and Callie Drummond, who opened the mobile shop in February, offered the city $20,000 for the two parcels of land. Plans for the new shop were drawn up by GMCN Architects.

The Drummonds’ bid was the only one submitted in the second sealed bid process for the two parcels of land, the first garnering zero bids, Assistant City Manager Jennifer Cunningham told the commission. The land previously was home to an apartment complex and single family home at 401 and 403 E. Kansas Ave., which did not meet the area’s commercial zoning requirements.

The city originally asked prospective developers for bids of at least $100,000 unless they could justify the development's benefit to the city. Cunningham said the Drummonds believed their shop would benefit Kansas Avenue and local citizens, and that $20,000 was what the property was worth based on how much it would cost to build the new structure.

“New Grind Coffee is the perfect business for this site,” the Drummonds said in their proposal letter to the city. “It is a small building with limited parking requirements, which allows it to sit nicely in this shallow lot. And the central location will allow us to serve our growing community.”

City Attorney Randy Grisell said the city could include parameters in the deed or enter a good faith agreement to ensure the Drummonds use the property as intended, rather than selling it for profit.

New Grind Coffee’s owners, who also run J&R Security in Garden City, made two requests to the city along with their offer: for the curb-cut to be extended three to five feet longer than the city’s proposed 32 feet to avoid issues with traffic efficiency and for the shop to keep the mobile coffee trailer as a secondary part of their business for local and private events.

The latter would require a variance to the Itinerant Merchant License qualifications, which requires businesses to run a permanent physical location of at least 1,000 square feet within Finney County for at least a year to qualify for a local license. The drive-thru coffee shop will be approximately 600 square feet.

“We are local residents here…” the Drummonds said in their sale proposal. “We utilize local businesses for banking, shopping, insurance, new and used cars, dining out, entertainment, and we contribute to local charities. We are here to stay, and we plan to make our mark on this community as entrepreneurs.”

The city approved the bid but not the additional requests, with the intention of revisiting them at a later date.

During commission discussion regarding the Drummonds’ request for a local Itinerant Merchant License, Grisell said he, Assistant City Attorney Jacob Cunningham and Neighborhood and Development Services Director Kaleb Kentner would meet in December to review the license’s outdated requirements, though the process likely would take several months.

A purchase agreement, which will officially sell the land to the Drummonds, will be placed on the agenda for the commission's next meeting, Dec. 4. The Drummonds were not sure when they would begin construction or how long the development process would take.

 

Contact Amber Friend at afriend@gctelegram.com.