Zoning Board to Discuss Proposed Dunkin' Donuts in Wickford

Could Dunkin Donuts be coming to Wickford?

The North Kingstown Zoning Board of Review will discuss a proposal to bring Dunkin' Donuts to the Wickford area at its Tuesday night meeting. In August, the North Kingstown Planning Commission gave the project an unfavorable recommendation to the zoning board, citing traffic concerns in the already congested intersection.

The project would be situated on the half-acre of vacant land nestled at the intersection of Ten Rod Road and Phillips Street. The parcel in question is adjacent to the medical building at 320 Phillips Street. The proposed 3,000 sq. ft. building would be a Dunkin' Donuts on one side and another retail shop to be determined. The plan calls for 25 parking spots and would not include drive-through service.

Though a traffic study of the intersection projected the inclusion of Dunkin' Donuts to have "minimal impact" on the traffic flow, members of the North Kingstown Planning Commission questioned its validity. 

Following the planning board's negative recommendation, the issue now goes to the zoning board who will approve or deny the application – submitted by Theresa Amaral and Robert and David Batista. The zoning board meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the town hall conference room.

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Discouraged November 28, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Yes! Yes! Yes!
In the interest of Fairness November 28, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Seed and Soil. You are right on the money...and it's all about money. The developers can afford lawyers and paid specialists. Most of the Town Council is corrupt. We need to organize. Norsewind, HIstwick and the neighborhood group that defeated the Dunkin Donuts last night (parents of middle-school kids/neighbors/business owners including Jitters/Honey Dew). Let's all join the Land Conservancy of NK. Is there a neighborhood organization in Saunderstown? Quonset? Everyone should some to the meeting on Thursday night. When people show up they can't completely ignore us.
Jim from Exeter November 28, 2012 at 12:15 PM
A gas station (and a pharmacy)? Definitely! A liquor store, not so much.
seed and soil November 28, 2012 at 01:12 PM
thanks @iiiof and orangesporanges! I don't know if LCNK is really the correct jumping off point?? But my thought of gathering these groups leaders and active membership together to form a storng community support structure seems a good one. @govstench, Ed Renehen, politcal sheriff - your Patch posts often lead me to believe that you have a very good understanding of the lay of the land. Is there already some group in place that concerned citizens could join to become more actively involved in the effort to see to it that preservation/conservation has a voice? It is clear that the community holds dear the charm, quality and characteristics of our coastal treasure. We want to do what we can to protect it from the misdirected over development and unwanted commercialization of new areas .If those of you who read these posts are interested, I am happy to book a room at the library for an initial meeting. I can reach out to the groups mentioned thus far and invite their leadership to attend! I recall there is also a group that used to serve in a some sort of advisory position....I think the NK Conservation Commission???? Does anyone out there know if they are still active...and if so, who is their chair?/active members??? Thanks folks!!!....LET"S DO THIS!!!
Debra Mullaney November 30, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I hope this request is turned down as other people have said if you drive just a little further there are plenty of coffee shops nearby, or one could purchase DD coffee at the market and make it yourself in a travel cup- it is cheaper, too! What an old fashioned concept, eh?


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