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Approvals clear path for Batavia Dunkin’ Donuts store

BATAVIA – The Zoning Board of Appeals, acting on the recommendation of the Batavia Planning & Development Committee, voted Thursday night in favor of five area variances requested by owners of a proposed Dunkin’ Donuts store on the city’s west end.

The endorsements of variances pertaining to driveway location and width, number of parking spaces, front yard setback and building height clear the way for Indus Hospitality Group to build a 2,170-square foot “quick serve” shop at West Main and River streets.

The Cape Cod-style drive-thru restaurant on the south side of West Main will be between the Five Star Bank and Barrett’s Batavia Marine.

Final approval came after a year of presentations before county and city planning boards by Kip Finley, Indus Hospitality development manager, and Michael Mikolajczyk, franchise operator.

“Perseverance pays off,” Mikolajczyk said.

“We looked at other locations but this is absolutely the best location that we could possibly have. We’re not a destination but people will stop along the way. We want to capture the existing traffic.”

Mikolajczyk said there was no timetable for building the new store, which is intended to attract motorists traveling east.

He also runs a Dunkin’ Donuts on the opposite side of West Main, about a mile east of the River Street intersection, and said that the company plans to build a third shop on the east side of the city.

Approval also came in the face of ongoing opposition from residents of River Street and Redfield Parkway who cited increased traffic congestion in an already busy section of the city.

“It’s a happy day for Mike (Mikolajczyk) but a sad day for the citizens of Batavia who will have to deal with the traffic flow,” said James Owen, a longtime resident of Redfield Parkway, which is perpendicular to the Barrett’s Marine property.

Some of the Zoning Board members admitted that traffic could be a problem, but noted that they could rule only on the variance requests set before them.