FRAMINGHAM – Does Framingham need another Dunkin’ Donuts?
Tuesday night, the Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing to consider a proposal for a drive-thru Dunkin Donuts in the parking lot of the Pinefield Plaza in Saxonville. The hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Building.
Plaza owner Richard Aronovitz, has applied for a variance to allow for a drive thru and a variance to allow for more than one structure.
Aronovitz is proposing a new 5,000-square-foot building in the parking lot at the plaza. The new structure would include a 2,000-square foot Dunkin’ Donuts and two additional retail spaces.
Plans submitted to the Town of Framingham by Bohler Engineering of Southborough indicate the new structure would be located at the corner of Nicholas Road and Water Street.
The Zoning Board must approve the drive-thru, which could hold up to a dozen vehicles at one time. The Zoning Board is expected to make a ruling by March 29.
If the Framingham ZBA approves the variances, then Aronovitz will have a formal review of his plans before the Framingham Planning Board.
Framingham presently has more than a half dozen Dunkin’ Donuts in Framingham, not counting ones inside both Stop & Shop supermarkets. About half of the Dunkin Donuts do not have drive-thru windows, including the one on Concord Street, Route 9 East, and Franklin Street.
The Plaza, whose largest retailer is Robinson’s Hardware, hosts a petting zoo and carnivals for community organizations on occasion.