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Starbucks making plans for busy NE Heights corner

Associated Press photo

Associated Press photo

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It looks like development at a busy Northeast Heights intersection might get a caffeine jumpstart.

Starbucks is seeking city approval to build a new drive-through cafe at the northwest corner of Montgomery and Wyoming, according to City of Albuquerque records. The cafe chain has plans for a 2,200-square-foot, 40-seat cafe north of the existing Wells Fargo, according to documents submitted to the city.

Its request for a site development plan for building permit is scheduled to go before the city’s Environmental Planning Commission later this week.

Aside from the bank and a McDonald’s, the corner has gone largely undeveloped, even though a City Planning Department report shows it has had its existing commercial zoning since 1977.

But owners have begun taking steps to add to the site, getting EPC approval earlier this year to subdivide the remaining 6.75 acres into five pad sites.

Starbucks already has more than 40 locations throughout the metro area, including those in Targets and other retail stores.