A new Dunkin arrives at Edison, another rejected at Montgomery

A new Dunkin drive-through is coming to Edison. The township’s zoning board gave final approval to the site plan; he’s asking for a 1,430-square-foot store with a drive-thru window at the corner of Inman Ave. and Grove Ave.

According to MyCentralJersey.com, the project also includes surface parking, improved drainage, landscaping, lighting and signage in the mall, as requested. There’s already a Dunkin on Inman Ave., but it’s in neighboring Woodbridge.

The proposal required a waiver because a drive-thru window is not an approved use in this intended use zoning district. There’s a Taco Bell in the same mall with a drive-thru window.

Dunkin’ Coffee Mugs

Dunkin’ Coffee Mugs (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)

Meanwhile, in Somerset County, a request for a new Dunkin at Montgomery has been turned down. The proposal called for an 1,830 square foot restaurant at the corner of Rte. 206 and Rte. 518.

The township originally approved the plan in 2015, but a Department of Transportation requirement that the parking lot be reconfigured made the proposal different enough that a waiver was necessary. According to MyCentralJersey.com, the Zoning Board unanimously rejected the request.

The area where the store would be located has changed in the five years since the original proposal with commercial and residential development. More than 100 residents have signed a petition opposing the plan. Chairman of the Board Steve DeRochi says MyCentralJersey.com that he “felt it was overkill to put so much development on this small site”.

There are already over 850 Dunkin stores in New Jersey.

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