BATAVIA – Appearing before the Batavia Planning & Development Committee for the third time in less than a year, representatives of a group seeking to build a Dunkin’ Donuts outlet at the corner of West Main and River streets presented a new site plan that includes a shared entrance and movement of the shop closer to West Main.
These revisions, along with asking for the committee’s input on the architectural style of the building, were key aspects of Tuesday’s latest pitch by Kip Finley, development manager for Indus Hospitality, and Mark Donahoe, Western New York construction manager for Dunkin’ Donuts.
The proposal to erect a 1,700-square-foot outlet, with a drive-thru, has been turned down twice by the Genesee County Planning Board, and met with opposition from residents of the area who contend that the shop will create more traffic at an already-congested intersection.
“We were in a ‘spinning our wheels’ phase, and we really needed some direction,” said Donahoe, referring to the planning committee’s decision to provide some guidance before requiring them to submit their final proposal.
Latest revisions to the plan include a shared entrance with neighboring Barrett’s Marine & Sporting Supplies into the property for vehicles traveling east on West Main, and pushing the building north, toward the street.
“The shared access would accommodate Mr. Barrett’s needs (for deliveries) at the back of his property and would move the entrance to the west, away from the (River Street) intersection, enabling four more cars to queue at the light,” Finley said.
“Pushing the building toward the street gives us room to put 12 cars in the drive-thru queue around the building and also creates a bypass lane.”
Finley said the new plan also calls for the building to be rotated 90 degrees so that the drive-thru is facing east instead of south, moving the parking back and allowing for landscaping between the parking lot and the street.
He noted that the new configuration would create space for a fence and outdoor seating in front for “a much friendlier sight for Redfield Parkway residents.”
Planning committee members Rachael J. Tabelski and Duane Preston said they liked the idea of having the outlet closer to West Main Street.
Donahoe showed committee members slides of 14 different Dunkin’ Donuts – some in Wester New York and some in New England – to gauge which design elements and architectural styles they supported.
“We need to keep our building recognizable,” he said, referring to the brand’s orange–colored theme. “Here in Western New York, we’re in trench warfare against Tim’s (Tim Hortons) and McDonald’s prototypical design.”
The committee said it preferred a stone exterior and brown awnings instead of orange to reflect the area’s residential feel.
Finley and Donahoe said they would once again revise their plans and reapply to both the county and city planning boards.