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Pedestrians walk into the alley next to the current Better World Books in downtown Goshen Thursday, March 21, 2013. The bookstore is relocating and the Electric Brew is looking into the building but will not be allowed to install a drive-up window. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)
Goshen Traffic Commission says no to Electric Brew drive-up window

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — If the Electric Brew does in fact move into the building currently occupied by Better World Books, it will not be allowed to install a drive-up window.

The Goshen Traffic Commission reviewed a request by the Brew at its meeting Thursday afternoon, March 21, but decided against permitting the installation.

The Brew proposed a drive-up window to be installed on the west side of what could be its new building on Washington Street. The window would have been located in an alley.

Commissioners, however, had various reservations about permitting the window’s installation.

John Billman noted the frequency of delivery trucks that stopped in the alley.

Goshen Police Department assistant operations chief Kyle Priem also noted police cars often use the alley to reach their parking lot at the south end of the block.

Street Department commissioner Denny Long stated simply, “Great concept, wrong location.”

Long’s concerns ranged from blocked traffic and exiting issues for vehicles once they received their order to how the drive-up would operate when the snow plows pushed snow to the side of the building, putting the window out of reach to customers.

The commission also noted that the request would place the window in the public right-of-way, which is a very rare occurrence.