Board, residents support Dunkin’
The coffee and bakery chain would be the latest effort of private development
Another piece of the Greater Bellport land-use plan is coming to fruition through an application for a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant and drive-thru on Montauk Highway. The applicant is requesting a special-use permit for the drive-thru. The property is on the corner of Montauk Highway and Michigan Avenue, a dead-end street.
The Dunkin’ would be 1,655 square feet with the drive-thru. The owner plans to operate every day beginning at 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. The maximum staff at peak hours would be seven or eight. The applicant estimates the project will generate 20 full- and part-time jobs. The applicant also plans to hire local residents, something the Greater Bellport Coalition has been pushing for since first hearing of the application in March.
There will be 17 parking spots and a drive-thru window on the west side. The queue for the drive-thru can hold eight vehicles. The company, working with the applicant, found that there would be no adverse traffic impact.
“This is another step we are taking in the revitalization of the Greater Bellport area,” said councilman Michael Loguercio, who represents the area, thanking the applicant and supporters for investing in the community.
Nancy Marr, a longtime community advocate, said this would be a welcome addition to a community where there aren’t many places to eat. She added that it was also a plus to have the current structure taken down, which sits at the proposed site.
“That building is probably the worst eyesore in North Bellport,” she said. “It will be wonderful to have it gone.”
The project has also received support from the Greater Bellport Coalition, which met with the applicant several times.
“This project is in keeping with the town’s efforts and the community’s vision to promote economic development along Montauk Highway,” said co-chair of the GBC, John Rogers.
After the public hearing, the town board unanimously approved the application to move forward.
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