As completion of the parking lot began at the newly-constructed Tim Hortons doughnut and coffee shop at the corner of Murray Road and Route 322, a land development plan for a similar shop in downtown Meadville was received in the city’s planning and zoning department.

The area’s second Tim Hortons is planned for lower Park Avenue, occupying adjoining properties at 1199 and 1203 Park Avenue. The project will involve the demolition of the existing home at 1203 Park, two garages and the Howick Auto Sales office as well as removal of existing gravel and asphalt surfaces. Construction plans include a 1,630-square foot building, parking lot and drive-through driveway on the .99-acre property

Although the properties shown in the plan extend from Park through to South Cottage Street, the drawings indicate that only slightly more than half the length of the lot will be used for the building and parking. Once construction is complete, the drawings indicate access to the site will be via a single driveway on Park.

Plans call for the short side of the 30-seat shop to face Park. The parking lot will be immediately south of the building; patrons using the drive-through window will drive in a large U pattern, entering through the parking lot, circling around the back of the building and exiting via a driveway running between Tim Hortons and the adjacent Subway shop.

According to the city’s zoning administrator, Gary Johnson, construction is expected to begin in spring 2009.

Before development can proceed, plans must be reviewed by both city and Crawford County Conservation District personnel. From there, applications will be submitted for necessary permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Johnson noted that the plans submitted to his office call for the facility to be illuminated by city-style streetlights — like those recently installed in the Robert Smith Parking Lot between Arch and Chestnut streets. Other planned exterior amenities include a bike rack and an enclosed Dumpster.

The chain opened its first coffee and donut shop in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1964. The founder, Tim Horton, was a legend in the National Hockey League before dying in a car accident in 1974.

As of March 30, 2008, Tim Hortons had 3,238 restaurants, including 2,839 in Canada and 399 in the United States.

The corporate Web site indicates that 95 percent of the Canadian operation is franchise independently owned and operated and that plans call for a similar strategy for U.S. development. Over the years, the menu has expanded from coffee and donuts to include soups, sandwiches and baked goods.

The Tribune was unable to contact the property developer The THD Group LLC of Williamsville, N.Y., Monday afternoon.

Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at

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