By Connor Beach
The Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals last week granted approval for a proposed Dunkin’ Donuts with a drive-thru window at the corner of Southdown Road and West Shore Road in Huntington.
The coffee shop is planned for 15 Southdown Road, the corner of the strip of connected commercial properties, including Northshore Pharmacy, according to plans received by the town planning department last July.
The proposal calls for the conversion of the existing building, formerly a CitiBank, with no structural modifications to the exterior. The former drive-up teller window would serve as the drive-thru for the Dunkin’ Donuts.
In a discussion that occurred following the regular meeting agenda, the ZBA unanimously voted to grant the application for the proposed Dunkin’ Donuts with a number of conditions.
The conditions included several traffic improvements for the drive-thru exit onto West Shore Road. The ZBA determined that the line of sight must be improved along the west side of West Shore Road, and that vehicles exiting the drive-thru should be restricted to making only right hand turns out of the drive-thru exit onto West Shore Road.
“I found both of those conditions compelling in mitigating the conditions that were of concern,” ZBA chairman John Posillico said at last week’s meeting.
All deliveries to the location must also be made by box trucks or vans, no tractor trailers will be permitted to deliver to the store.
“We have created a vote giving the grant with all of those existing conditions,” Posillico said.
John Farrell, the Uniondale-based attorney for applicant Metro Franchising Commissary LLC had not received a written decision from the town as of Tuesday.
The proposal must now go back before the Huntington planning board for final site plan approval.