IBJNews

Dunkin, Baskin-Robbins eye closed Meridian Street cafe

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
On The Beat Industry News In Brief

Dunkin Donuts and Baskin-Robbins have agreed to take over the former home of Bonjour Cafe & Bakery at Meridian and 24th streets if the owner wins city approval to add a drive-through.

Owner Travis May of Greenfield-based HSM Development Inc. has asked for the zoning variance for the 1,969-square-foot building at 2402 N. Meridian St., in front of the Library Services Center.

New drive-throughs are not allowed for businesses along Meridian Street, in part to encourage the development of a more urban and pedestrian-friendly corridor. The proposed drive-through would not even meet the code if it were allowed in the area; the property has room for only five stacking spaces for cars, less than the required eight. That’s why the city’s planning staff so far is recommending the request be denied.

But David Kingen, an urban planner who represents the building owner, says the drive-through will be along the building’s western façade, hidden from view of Meridian, and the new tenant will bring life to one of several vacant buildings in the area.

The Dunkin/Baskin concepts also should attract a moderate level of traffic throughout the day, rather than in one rush, he said.

“The notion of no drive-throughs is admirable until you look at all the existing drive-throughs that aren’t going away,” said Kingen, who is courting support from neighborhood associations. He said the deal is a no-go without the drive-through.

A hearing is scheduled for July 6.

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
ADVERTISEMENT