Acushnet Dunkin’ Looks to Re-Route Drive-Thru Lane
Some of the busiest roads on the SouthCoast are Dunkin' drive-thru lanes. During peak hours, drive-thru lines can wrap around a Dunkin' store and out into the street. When a Dunkin' location has only one direct means of access and egress for customers, things can get a bit dicey in the parking lot.
Such is the case with a number of Dunkin' locations in the region, but the folks who own the franchise at 150 South Main Street in Acushnet are hoping to do something about it, at least at their location.
When Acushnet's only Dunkin' opened several years ago, the plan was to have traffic enter the lot and the drive-thru from South Main Street and exit onto South Main or Hope Street on the north side of the business.
However, the town denied a request for a permit for the Hope Street exit. A Hope Street business complained that the added traffic would create a disruption. That business is no longer there.
The Dunkin' franchise is trying again to route some drive-thru traffic onto Hope Street. The Acushnet Board of Appeals will consider a request from Dunkin' for a special permit that would allow the franchise to direct at least some drive-thru traffic onto Hope Street.
There will be a public hearing on the request on September 20 in the Town Hall Meeting Room at 6:30 p.m.
Town Clerk Pamela Labonte told me the matter could be controversial, but to date, there has only been one request from a resident for further information about the special permit.
The Board of Appeals will have the final say on the permit request. Anyone unhappy with the board's decision would have 21 days to appeal to the Superior Court.