EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 20, 2013

Board continues Dunkin's hearing until March 5

By Paul Tennant

---- — NORTH ANDOVER – The developer who plans to build a Dunkin’ Donuts at 1018 Osgood St. was granted a two-week continuance by the Planning Board last night.

Town Planner Judy Tymon said an engineer for the developer, Cafua Management of Methuen, asked for the additional time to complete stormwater management plans. Cafua owns and operates numerous Dunkin’ Donuts franchises.

The site at 1018 Osgood St., which is on Route 125, is now occupied by a large vacant house, owned for many years by the late William Chepulis, a longtime Planning Board and Conservation Commission member. Cafua bought the house in January 2012 from the Chepulis family.

Cafua plans to demolish the house and build a 2,250-square-foot coffee shop with a drive-through. Mark Gross, an engineer working on the project, told the board two weeks ago the developer will provide 19 parking spaces.

Gross said he expects the new Dunkin’ Donuts will be up and running by summer.

The Planning Board also discussed Phil Christensen’s plan to build six single-family houses off Appleton Street. The 22-acre site, at 464 Appleton St., will have 16 acres of open space, Christensen told the planners.

The panel plans to consider Christensen’s project at the March 5 meeting, following a detailed engineering review, Planning Board Chairman John Simons said.

John King appeared before the board to talk about his plan to convert a house at 591 Turnpike St. into a mixed-use building, with an apartment upstairs and commercial space downstairs. King said he also wants to put a driveway in back of the property that would connect with Hillside Road, a side street.

The board asked King to return for the March 5 meeting with more detailed plans.