EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 6, 2013

New Dunkin' Donuts on Route 125 closer to approval

By Paul Tennant
ptennant@eagletribune.com

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — An engineer working on the proposed Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 125 said the coffee shop may be open for business by late summer.

Mark Gross, of the MHF engineering firm, appeared before the Planning Board last night to talk about parking and drainage. Gross said his firm is working for JFJ Holdings, but the site at 1018 Osgood St. was bought by Cafua Realty Trust, a Methuen company that owns numerous Dunkin’ Donuts franchises, in January 2012 for $400,000.

The board and the developer had differed on the number of parking spaces that will be available, but that issue appears to be resolved. Gross said the developer is willing to provide 19 spaces on the site, which measures about two-thirds of an acre.

A peer reviewer retained by the Planning Board, MDM, had recommended the shop have as many as 27 spaces, but panel members indicated they would be satisfied with 19.

The developer initially wanted to have fewer spaces.

“It won’t be a problem,” board member Richard Rowen said. Planning Board Chairman John Simons said the panel is always concerned about the possibility of cars “queuing up” at an establishment that has a drive-through, but he added he doesn’t think that will be an issue for the Dunkin’ Donuts.

Gross still needs to win approval for a stormwater drainage plan. He said he is designing “a pretty intricate system for drainage.” He is expected to present a complete drainage plan to the Planning Board on Feb. 19.

Town Planner Judy Tymon said the Fire Department has given its approval to the plans for the new coffee shop.

Cafua intends to build a 2,250-square-foot structure on the site, which is now occupied by a large vacant house.

The house was owned for many years by William and Olga Chepulis, who resided there with their four children. Chepulis, who died in 1989, served for many years on the two panels in whose hands the fate of the property now rests, the Planning Board and the Conservation Commission.

The latter panel is expected to hold a hearing on Cafua’s plans next Wednesday night at 7.

The Planning Board approved the request of Duane and Barbara Montopoli to build a gazebo on their property at 108 Campion Road.