By Paul Tennant
---- — NORTH ANDOVER — Within the next few months, Route 125 will boast another place where people can buy a coffee, a sandwich and a doughnut without having to get out of their cars.
Cafua Management is building a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee shop on what used to be the location of a house owned for many years by the late William Chepulis, who served on the Planning Board and Conservation Commission. Chepulis’ old house and garage were recently torn down and construction workers are leveling the site.
Chepulis’ house at 1018 Osgood St. stood at the top of a slight hill, which has been eliminated.
Mark Gross, the engineer who designed the project, said several weeks ago he hoped the new coffee shop would be open for business by late summer. That forecast appears to be very optimistic at this point.
The project had to gain the approval of the Planning Board and Conservation Commission before construction could begin. Gross, of MHF Design Consultants, attended several nights of hearings before those two panels before approval was granted.
The boards were particularly concerned about stormwater management. The system Gross designed includes a sand filter, which is supposed to remove pollutants from the water that drains from the site.
The Conservation Commission voted April 24 to issue an order of conditions for the project. The Planning Board granted approval a few weeks before.
The town’s newest Dunkin’ Donuts will measure 2,250 square feet and include a drive-through window. With Heav’nly Donuts having recently opened a shop at 50 Main St., along with many other businesses with a similar mission, North Andover will have plenty of establishments where one can buy a cup of coffee and a snack.