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Meeting with the developer of proposed Dunkin’ Donuts postponed

Posted by Patrick Rosso  November 16, 2011 12:35 PM

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(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2011)


The vacant store front proposed to house a new Dunkin' Donuts.


The Pilot Block Neighborhood Association has announced that their meeting with the developer of the proposed Dunkin’ Donuts at 655 Tremont St. will be postponed.

According to an e-mail distributed by the group Tuesday night, the developer, Clayton Turnbull, has asked the neighborhood association and the Zoning Board of Appeals to push back his hearings to a later date.

"I have been informed by the restaurant designers that their materials will not be ready until the middle of December. Therefore, I have requested the ZBA date, as I have stated to you, be moved to January 10, 2012,” Turnbull said in e-mail distributed by the PBNA.

The neighborhood association has tentatively scheduled another meeting with Turnbull for Dec. 15 at the South End Branch Library.

The group, however, still is holding a meeting, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., at the South End Branch Library, for residents to discuss the project.

No formal vote will be taken at the meeting.

Residents first heard of the new store at the beginning of October and some residents have come out in strong opposition to its construction, citing the increase in concentration of restaurants in the neighborhood, the potential drop in property value of abutters and trash concerns.

If the business opens at 655 Tremont St., it would be the neighborhood's fifth Dunkin’ Donuts franchise and Turnbull’s ninth in the city of Boston.

The space is currently zoned for commercial use but not for food service and Turnbull will need a variance from the city of Boston to operate there.

Turnbull hearing before the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals has been rescheduled for Jan. 10.

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