Niskayuna may get another Dunkin’ Donuts if the town allows a drive-thru window at the intersection of Balltown Road and Nott Street East.
Red Kap Sales Inc. is looking to transform a Mobil gas station at 1502 Balltown Road into a gas station, convenience store and Dunkin’ Donuts. The plan would require remodeling of the inside of the current store, which sits on about a half-acre of land.
The Schenectady gas distributor owns and operates convenience stores and car washes around the Capital Region. Company officials did not return calls Tuesday.
Niskayuna town Planner Kathy Matern said the Planning Board will consider a special use permit for the addition of a convenient store and fast food chain at the site at its meeting Monday. Red Kap is also requesting a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals to put a drive-thru on the site, which is not allowed under current zoning regulations.
“Dunkin’ Donuts won’t come in unless they can have the drive-thru,” said Matern. “I guess they think they’ll get a draw from the high school.”
The intersection is one of the busiest in town, with ShopRite, the Niskayuna Co-Op, law and mental health offices, gas stations and a First National Bank of Scotia branch.
Matern said the two service bays on the left side of the Mobil gas station have been vacant for a while, contributing to the owner’s desire to renovate the site.
“They say service is an old thing now,” she said. “People take their cars to the dealers because they’re so hard to work on because they’re so computerized now. So the old service man is like a thing of the past, it seems.”
Red Kap has put in a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru at some of its convenience stores, including ones in Schodack and the Columbia County town of Claverack.
The new Dunkin’ Donuts would go on the left side of the current building, and,, if approved, the drive-thru window would go on the wall facing the high school.
There is no shortage of existing Dunkin’ Donuts’ stores within a short driving distance of the proposed new location, including one on State Street near the southern end of Balltown Road.