New Dunkin building design reveals second level

May 30, 2013
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                              rendering 2 225pxThe local developer Keystone Group is purchasing the downtown building that last housed a Dunkin Donuts with plans to renovate it to make it more attractive to an upscale eatery. In renderings of what the building might look like, the iconic sign atop the building is absent, though it could stay, according to grandfathered city zoning laws. Plans for the building at the high-profile corner of Washington and Pennsylvania streets include adding a second story in hopes of luring a national restaurant. Retail brokerage Midland Atlantic is shopping the site and has the property under contract with a potential buyer, broker Patrick Boyle told Property Lines for a blog post earlier this month. The purchase could include the adjoining space currently occupied by Cartridge World, which would be the “ideal scenario,” he said. The entire space is 2,800 square feet. Dunkin Donuts closed the location at 48 E. Washington St. in late March when its lease expired. The designer is Axis Architecture + Interiors.

  • National chain?
    Perfect spot for an Applebee's!
  • Well...
    I'm all for local establishments but for this location - and the high rent it will most likely command - a national chain is probably the only option that would work. I'd prefer it were a national RETAILER than a restaurant (Apple store, anyone?), but I'm sure what ever results will be an upgrade over what was there before (in terms of space and tenant).
  • Applebees???
    Don Really?? Applebees?! There's a 100 of them in the burbs...we can do a little better than that on that high profile corner.
  • No sign?
    I don't mind the added level, but the removal of the sign is tragic!
  • Applebees
    An Applebees or a Red Lobster would be perfect in that location. Its a shame that a city that prides itself on its high percentage of chain restaurants is ashamed to show them off in their downtown.
    • Kokomo
      Have any original material? You're making a tired and increasingly unwarranted argument...
    • Nice designs
      While I agree with previously expressed sentiments that the building should be taller; these are a couple of nice design options. If desired, either of these could reuse the sign in an alternative configuration, attached to the side of the screens. As to the chain lovers, get over it, originality rules. Applebees are for locations where artificial character is needed.
    • Look to the West..
      Forget about the nice Googie sign for a sec.. it's worth money and I'm sure will be purchased and moved. I'm concerned about the building(s) to the West. One of those is Antebellum and possibly the oldest building in the state. Why is it different? is it being modified? Torn down? Why is it different in the render?
    • U-G-L-Y
      U-G-L-Y, Keystone ain't got no alibi, this is UGLY!!
    • Well...
      ... I don't think its ugly. I like it. And Moochie it looks to me like the the building to the west is just distorted in the render. The "frame box" of that building still seems to be intact, it just appears wider in the render.

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