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This proposed Starbucks has parking for cars, bikes – and horses

Ashley Bolton, 13, left, on Daytona and Jeannie Farrell, 13, in pink, on Joey go through a McDonald’s drive-thru in Rio Linda on Sunday, January 27, 2013.
Ashley Bolton, 13, left, on Daytona and Jeannie Farrell, 13, in pink, on Joey go through a McDonald’s drive-thru in Rio Linda on Sunday, January 27, 2013. lsterling@sacbee.com

Rio Linda could soon be home to a Starbucks with a drive-thru – and horse parking.

A Rite Aid with a drive-thru is also proposed for the northeast corner of the intersection of Rio Linda and Elkhorn boulevards. The other corners of the intersection are home to retailers that include a Food Source grocery store, Little Caesars Pizza, Rio Java coffee shop and 7-Eleven.

The Sacramento County Planning Commission will hear the project proposal next Monday, June 26. The site currently consists of three homes and a church, all dating back to the 1940s, according to a county staff report.

There will be 67 parking spaces between the Starbucks and Rite-Aid with a horse-hitching area proposed for the northwest corner of the site. That is lower than the 75 required under county guidelines, but staff members recommend that the Planning Commission make an exception because of the horse parking.

It isn’t clear from the staff report whether horseback riders would be allowed to take their horses through either drive-thru. A Bee photographer captured two horseback riders using a McDonald’s drive-thru in Rio Linda in 2013.

Staff wrote that a horse-hitching area “is not listed among county parking reduction measures but is a common form of transportation within the Rio Linda community and has been requested by neighbors.”

The site is immediately adjacent to single family homes, so the applicant, Retail Site Specialists, is proposing an 8-foot sound wall on the east end of the project.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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