Starbucks plans to open a coffee shop at 399 E. Livingston Ave. in German Village.

The German Village Commission on Nov. 8 approved four of six individual plans for signs for Starbucks, paving the way for the store to open in 2018.

To add a little sweetener to the mix, project developer Northstar Realty also plans to occupy a portion of the Education First Credit Union building, which is roughly 11,000 square feet.

Tom Brigdon, who works for the development company, now located downtown, said a staff of nine will move into the building in 2018. The firm was founded in 2004.

Starbucks, which will occupy about 2,500 square feet, also is expected to open after the first of the year.

The store is designed to have a drive-thru window for customers to order their java from the comfort of their vehicles.

In some communities, the drive-thrus have caused traffic to back up on major roadways because of long lines.

Brigdon said he doesn't see that being an issue because the second German Village Starbucks -- the first is on South Third Avenue -- will have room for 21 cars in what is termed the "stacking lane," where motorists will line up waiting to advance to the drive-thru window.

The plan calls for motor vehicles to enter one way from the west side of the property, traveling around the building to the drive-thru on the east. Vehicles would then exit back onto Livingston.

The site plan leaves open the possibility of an addition on the building and room for a six-seat patio on the northeast side of the structure, said Molly Monroe, an agent for Northstar.

The German Village Commission will consider modifications of the two remaining pieces of the sign request at its December meeting.

The second Starbucks will join other coffee businesses serving the area. Those businesses include Stauf's Coffee Roasters, German Village Coffee House, Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffee and Fox in the Snow Cafe, which is under construction, in the historic district.

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