Tuesday, December 10, 2013
AUGUSTA — A developer who wanted to build a Dunkin’ Donuts on the city’s east side will pitch his plan Thursday to the City Council, even though city planners rejected it in August.
The property at corner of Stone and Davenport Streets in Augusta.
Staff photo by Joe Phelan
“The Planning Board unanimously voted against that proposal after strong opposition was expressed by residents of the affected neighborhood,” City Manager William Bridgeo said in a report to councilors Monday. “Nonetheless, the applicants do have the right to seek a zone change directly from council, and apparently it is their intention to do so.”
Cafua Management Co., based in Massachusetts, wants to change the zoning of 1 Davenport St. from low-density residential to a conditional local business zoning district. Its representative, Plymouth Engineering, will make another pitch for the zone change to councilors at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in council chambers at Augusta City Center.
The company wants to build a Dunkin’ Donuts with a drive-thru window by combining 89 Stone St. and 1 Davenport St. into a single lot.
“We hope that the Council will see the value of the project and the rezoning to provide an opportunity for the redevelopment of the adjacent (89 Stone St.) lot,” company officials state in a letter to the city.
Many neighbors of the Davenport Street site spoke against the project when it went to the Planning Board, expressing concern it would bring additional traffic to an already heavily traveled and congested area.
A former auto repair shop is at 89 Stone St., and a home is at 1 Davenport St. Both buildings would be demolished in the company’s plan for a new doughnut-and-coffee shop.
The company’s application filed with the city says the location would provide “an opportunity for residents in the neighborhood as well as inbound commuters on Stone Street to avoid denser and more congested traffic areas.”
There are five Dunkin’ Donuts in Augusta now. In late August, planners approved a Cafua Management proposal to build a Dunkin’ Donuts at 22 Western Ave., which will replace an existing Dunkin’ Donuts nearby on Sewall Street.
Also Thursday, councilors are scheduled to:
• discuss rezoning a section of Riverside Drive and;
• hear a presentation from City Councilor Dan Emery about his upcoming American Community Project cross-country trip, on a moped, meant to focus attention on hunger.
Keith Edwards — 621-5647