Dunkin’ brings plans to community
Plans for a new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant and drive-thru were presented to the Greater Bellport Coalition Wednesday, as the applicant prepares the renderings to be submitted to the Town of Brookhaven. The site location is 1699 Montauk Highway, adjacent to Michigan Avenue, a dead end.
The store itself would be 1,655 square feet. The site is 14,400 square feet, well above the required 4,000 for a J6 zone. The drive-thru requires a special permit from the town board before a final site plan is approved by the planning board. The applicant, represented by Doug Hynes of Design Development Group LLC, expects the construction to begin later this year. The current vacant building on the site will be torn down.
Plans for the Dunkin’ Donuts show an entrance on Michigan Avenue, which is not open to general traffic due to its size, which allows access to either the drive-thru or the parking lot. The drive-thru circles around and branches off into two separate lanes, one known as an “escape” lane for those who decide not to wait. There is an exit leading to Montauk Highway at the end of the drive-thru, which is marked as Exit Only. The parking lot will have 10 spots, including two handicapped, with an additional seven spots on Michigan Avenue. As required by town zoning law, the applicant will repave and repair Michigan Avenue, including adding the spots. There will also be additional landscaping and buffers around each side of the building, including a walkway connecting the entrance to Montauk Highway’s sidewalk.
The exterior is typical of any Dunkin’ store, with gooseneck light fixtures and windows surrounding the dining area. There are landscaping buffers at the rear and near the front. The applicant proposed an approximately 17-foot exterior sign near the corner of Michigan Avenue and Montauk Highway, though concerns were voiced that it may not create a “Main Street feeling” that is being pushed by members of the community for that section of Montauk Highway.
Hynes said that through observation and studies done at other locations, there is adequate room for cars in the drive-thru. From the checkout window to the main entrance fits eight cars, and Hynes said the line rarely exceeds eight. Six to eight cars are generally seen at peak times, and once in a while the line will reach 10. Should that happen, there is space on Michigan Avenue for adequate overflow, so traffic would not be impacted on Montauk Highway.
John Rogers, president of the Greater Bellport Coalition, asked Hynes to speak with the owner in regard to hiring people from the community to serve on staff. He also wants to have registered local contractors and skilled laborers be part of the construction phase. Hynes said he would bring the information back to the owner to see if they could work on that, and was optimistic the owner would be open to hiring from within the area.
The GBC ended the discussion by deciding to write a letter of support to the town board for the proposed plans.
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