America may run on Dunkin,’ but in the village of Scotia, customers still have to run out of their cars to get their coffee.
The Board of Trustees has rejected a request by Dunkin’ Donuts to add a drive-through to its location at 17 Mohawk Ave.
The developer had sought to reconfigure the site to add a drive-through lane, which would have enough space to stack five cars, according to project engineer Tom Andress.
However, a special use permit was needed from the trustees because drive-throughs are not permitted in the village.
Mayor Kris Kastberg said he had letters from the village’s police and fire departments, building inspector and traffic and safety committee recommending denial because of concerns that the cars would queue up and block the entrance to Mohawk Avenue.
Also, there is no provision for snow storage on the property and there is no permanent easement between the Dunkin’ Donuts owner and the adjacent property owner, Mazzone Management, for use of a portion of the site.
Owner Kevin Garcia said they have a verbal agreement that allows the doughnut shop to use a small slice of the neighboring property to make it easier for cars to turn from the site.
Garcia was caught off guard by the decision, especially after the Planning Board had made a favorable recommendation on the site plan.
“We haven’t heard likewise from any other agency there were issues,” he said.
The developer was trying to boost weak sales at the location, he said.
“I am very perturbed that the village isn’t looking to help us stay open,” Garcia said. “We provide the service that you have to go somewhere else to get. There’s not a lot of options.”
Andress said they are not changing anything major on the site other than relocating a trash receptacle and landscaping.
“The traffic is the same traffic that’s going through there now,” he said.
Kastberg explained that the trustees do not have jurisdiction over the site plan — only the drive-through.
“If we’re going to do an exception to our law, we have to do it on a logical basis,” he said.
Kastberg tried to offer some encouragement.
“I’m very sorry that you went through that whole process. Good luck if you decide to come up with some other plan,” he said.
Garcia declined comment afterward on what he would do.