Well Red Two, Self Pour Lounge to Locate in Downtown Auburn

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BY HANNAH LESTER
HLESTER@
OPELIKAOBSERVER.COM

AUBURN —

Two new businesses are on the way to Auburn.

One is a complimentary shop to a well-known coffee shop in town, Well Red.

Well Red Two, as it is listed in the city’s planning packet, will be located on N. Donahue Drive, south of Shug Jordan Parkway and north of Ruth Way following a positive vote from the Auburn City Council Tuesday night.

Richard Tomasello, owner of Well Red, asked the planning commission and council to consider a road service use for the business (which would include a drive-thru for the coffee shop).

The Planning Commission unanimously approved, as did the council.

Planning Commission documents specify a 4,000-square-foot bookstore and coffee shop.

The second business conditional use approval approved by the council Tuesday night was for a lounge known as Auburn Self Pour, LLC.

Auburn Self Pour will be located at 200 W. Glenn Ave. in Suite 200 and was granted conditional use approval for a commercial and entertainment use.

Patrons would be able to pour themselves a drink in the new “self-pour” lounge.

“The applicant is proposing to open a self-pour taproom with up to 40 different taps of craft beer, wine, mead, kombucha, etc.,” the city’s documents said. “The taps will be controlled by touch screen monitors and are activated by an RFID card the customers places in the hardware at the screen. To receive an RFOD card, a guest must scan his/her drivers’ license/ID with staff. The system will allow guests to pour two drinks at a time, and after this limit, guests will have to check in with staff to reactivate the card.”

OTHER BUSINESS:

– The council approved a Class I alcohol beverage license from HFW, LLC d/b/a Session at 257 E. Magnolia Ave.

– The council approved a Special Events Retail alcohol beverage license for Ithaka Hospitality Partners Auburn Beverage, LLC d/b/a The Hotel at Auburn University at 182 S. College St.

– The council approved a business license penalty waiver request for Good Times.

– The council approved a contract with A Better Court, LLC to resurface the Yarbrough Tennis Center hardcourt for more than $73,000.

– The council approved a contract with Alabama Public Library Service to accept a Library Services and Technology Act Grant for more than $18,700.

– The council approved a contract with the Auburn City Board of Education for a School Resource and Canine Officer Agreement from Aug. 1, 2022 to July 31, 2025.

– The council approved a contract with Davis Architects, Inc. for a Professional Services Agreement Additional Services Nos. 2 and 3 for the Lake Wilmore Project for more than $819,800.

– The council approved a contract with Donohoo Chevrolet, LLC for the purchase of ten 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV vehicles for the police department for more than $341,000.

– The council approved a contract with General Maintenance Contractors of East Alabama, Inc. for the Lighting Improvements Project for $630,000 and with Mayer Electric Supply Company, Inc. Project No. STPOA-4116 (250) for resurfacing, widening, traffic signals and drainage improvements for over $77,900 both on S. College St., Samford Ave. and Gay St.

– The council approved a contract with Global K9 Solutions for the purchase for a narcotics detection/tracking canine for $15,000.

– The council approved a contract with the Horseshoe Bend Regional Library for membership renewal for over $45,800.

– The council approved a contract with the Lee County Humane Society, Inc for animal sheltering services for more than $201,300 for FY 2023.

– The council approved a contract with NAPA Auto Parts of Auburn, AL for the purchase of a Coats Model CHD9551 heavy duty tire changer for the Environmental Services Department for more than $40,100.

– The council approved a contract with the National Auto Fleet for the purchase of three F-150 pickup trucks for the Parks & Recreation Department for more than $125,800.

– The council approved a contract with Projility, Inc. for Projility Expert Care Software Support Agreement for $25,000.

– The council approved a contract with Seay Seay & Litchfield Architects for a P.C. Professional Services Agreement for the Public Safety Training Center – Phase 2 Classroom Building Project for $198,000.

– The council approved a contract with Stivers Ford Lincoln for the purchase of two 2023 Ford Police Interceptor Utility hybrid vehicles for $79,150.

– The council approved a contract with Timber Pro Tree Service for tree removals, pruning and stump grinding in Auburn parks for $21,500.

– The council approved with Timmons Group the Permit Portal and Cityworks PLL Support Contract for $24,800.

– The council approved rights-of-way, drainage, utility and greenway easements for Barrett-Simpson, Inc for property on the north side of Mrs. James Road, west of the Old Samford development in the Quail Chase Phase 1 Project.

– The council approved a temporary construction easement for PSM Alabama Holdings, LLC for the Hamilton Road Improvements Project.

– The council approved three board appointments to the Industrial Development Board for Oct. 10, 2022 through Oct. 9, 2028.

– The council approved the acceptance of funds from the Alabama Opioid Litigation settlement that Auburn chose to participate in against McKesson and Jansen (J&J). Auburn will receive about 0.619% of the suit if the allocation model with the court lines up with the preliminary model. The final amount was not disclosed in city documents.

– The council voted to annex 7.9 acres for Matt Cobb on behalf of AU Alliance, LLC for property on the north side of Beehive Road and west of the Auburn Technology Park West for Sonic Tools. The council then voted to rezone 9 acres from Rural to Industrial in the same area. The council then voted to approve a commercial support use (warehouse distribution facility) for Matt Cobb, Cobb Engineering, PLLC on Au Alliance, LLC’s behalf for the Sonic Tools Warehouse Distribution Facility at the same location.

– The council voted to approve a resolution, dubbing a multi-unit development performance residential use for Brett Basquin on behalf of Lee Zhang & Nanna Liu for the Miracle Road Townhomes MUD and 1764 Miracle Road.

– The council approved a road service use for a Taco Bell conditional use for Tim Minor on behalf of Beck Bradham, Inc. for property at 1521 E. Glenn Ave.

– The council approved a vacation for the Auburn Housing Authority to vacate a right of way and authorize the execution of a quitclaim deed for property at Crosby Avenue.

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