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Second time's the charm for Dunkin' Donuts

  • Written by Sharon L. Filkins

Approval was granted for a proposed Dunkin’ Donuts facility at 9601 S. Pulaski Road during a second appearance before the Evergreen Park Village Board Monday night.

In a 4 to 1 vote, the board approved revisions to the original plan presented by Feris Sweis, owner of Evergreen Park Properties. Trustee Carol Kyle cast the opposing vote.

During the previous meeting, the issue had been tabled when Sweis presented a plan for a drive-through Dunkin’ Donuts, a smoke shop and a cellular phone store for the development.

Questions arose at the meeting concerning the placement of the drive-through and the speakers on the ordering window, due to the close proximity of nearby residences. The proposed 24 hours of operation were also in question.

Mayor James Sexton had also expressed displeasure with the type of additional businesses planned for the development.

Sweis returned with changes to the plan that included moving the speaker board to the south of the property and closer to the front of the building. He stated that an eight-foot wall, built of soundproofing material, will be erected. The building will also be moved three feet further west of Pulaski, with landscaping being added.

Additionally, he has dropped plans for the smoke shop and cellular phone store. He is seeking other business options, such as fast food restaurants, to complete the development.

“We have talked with the mayor and have a better understanding of what is desired for the village,” Sweis said.

While proposing hours of 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the drive-through, Sweis requested that the interior store remain open for 24 hours. He explained that it is because the early morning hours are when the batter is prepared and baked for some of the store’s products.

Trustee Mark Marzullo, who had adamantly opposed the late hours at the previous meeting, suggested comprising with a closing time of 9 p.m. for the drive-through on a trial basis to see if there were any problems, especially if the interior was to stay open 24-hours.

“Sweis has done a lot of revisions in order to comply with our plan. Let’s meet and discuss the hours before this goes sideways,” said Sexton.