Expect community outcry to die down a bit over the famed Koptiev Center at Metropolitan and Continental. You'll remember the site was slapped with not one, not two, but three stop work orders/disapprovals due to constant complaining by the surrounding neighbors, who were apparently really attached to that decrepit auto repair place. You'll remember Barbara Stuchinski's welcoming quote:
"There's something fishy. The little darlings might be trying to sneak something in," said Barbara Stuchinski, president of the Forest Hills Community and Civic Association, referring to the developer.
Well it turns out what Koptiev was trying to sneak past Barbara was a Starbucks. According to today's New York Daily News. . .
A developer has stirred up plans with Starbucks for a fifth shop in the zip code - and 19th in Queens - as part of a two-story complex opening next spring at 71st and Metropolitan Aves.
Barring a negotiation breakdown, the coffee giant would join a well-known bank and a real estate office on the 12,000-square-foot piece of land, formerly occupied by an auto repair shop, said developer David Koptiev.
Bonus: The Daily News article goes on to confirm that another Starbucks will be coming to the Queens Blvd/Union Turnpike area (the QU in AQUA) near Cobblestones. It was first reported on queenscentral.com. I guess that's what the Ibex construction is for.