Developer proposes Dunkin’ Donuts with drive-thru at Village Square

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These are drawings of the Dunkin' Donuts approved to be built in front of Village Square.

MONROE, CT — A developer is planning to build a standalone Dunkin’ Donuts with a drive-thru at 395 Monroe Turnpike, directly across the street from McDonald’s.

Michael Cavallo, of Dunkin’ Donuts Development, said it will be a relocation of the store at the corner of Route 111 and Elm Street, with the new store being built on an empty lot in the Village Square shopping center, according to the application on file at Monroe Town Hall.

“Our new standalone location will have easy access into the plaza with the traffic lights and, more importantly, will have a new drive through with an extra lane to better serve our mobile orders in a quicker manner with no need to leave your car,” Cavallo said. “Our new location will have better visibility and all the new technology that our brand has to offer.”

The anticipated hours of operation are from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The proposal needs a site plan approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission and an approval for a new septic system from the Monroe Health Department. The commission has yet to have a hearing on the application.

The 2,107-square-foot building would be built on the 1.15 acre property owned by Gregory L. and Roy E. Steiner. The building lot was created as part of the plaza in 1987.

The Dunkin’ Donuts would share the main entrance to the shopping center from Route 111 and the parking lot.

According to the certificate application to the State Traffic Commission, curbing would be installed around the existing service station on the northeast corner of the site to preclude direct access to the Village Square shopping center.

Route 111 would be widened to provide a 22-foot-wide northbound bypass area and a 14-foot-wide southbound lane.

In his traffic impact statement, Joseph Balkus of VHB, the traffic engineer for the project, concluded the Dunkin’ Donuts would generate 328 total trips during the morning peak hour, 66 total trips during the evening peak hour, and 148 total trips during the Saturday midday peak hour.

He found development would “not have a significant impact to the adjacent roadway network.”

The architect for the project is Aharonian & Associates, Inc. The engineer is Spath-Bjorklund Associates, the land surveyor is Shevlin Land Surveying LLC and the attorney is Christopher Smith of Alter & Pearson.

The applicant’s name on the application is Seventh Realty LLC.

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