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Drive-through was in the slow lane -- for four years

Posted by Martin Finucane April 26, 2007 03:00 PM

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Rose D'Amico, 86, objected to the proposal
(Globe Photo by Robert Spencer)

SHREWSBURY

In just a few weeks, you should be able to pick up a coffee and doughnut at a drive-through lane under construction at Dunkin' Donuts on Maple Avenue.

Nothing remarkable about that -- until you consider that behind that first order of "make it a medium regular" is a story of four years of squabbling involving neighbors, community leaders, lawyers, and even a Superior Court judge.

"All I can say is, it's over," said Melvin Gordon, who chairs the town's Zoning Board of Appeals.

The battle over the Maple Avenue shop exemplifies the lengths people may go to when a neighborhood's interest in preserving peace and quiet collides with the business imperative to serve as many people as possible as fast as possible.

Read more of this story in today's Globe West.

-- Meg Woolhouse

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