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Plan for drive-thru Dunkin’ Donuts in Blue Point raises concerns

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A drive-thru Dunkin’ Donuts is in the works for the vacant Capital One Bank building located at the heart of Blue Point.

But the Blue Point Community Civic Association — while not adamantly opposed to the development — is voicing concerns over the variances and special permits that the developer is seeking from Brookhaven Town. The property is located at 60 Montauk Highway, on the southwest corner of where Montauk intersects with Blue Point Avenue.

Edward Silsbe with the civic association said the group has the following concerns:

• The developer is asking for a nearly 50% reduction of the queuing lane — down to seven cars from 12, which is currently required. The fear here is the lines of cars may wind down Montauk Highway or Blue Point Avenue.
• The installation of a menu board and speaker that would face homes on Blue Point Avenue.

“We understand that fundamentally this is allowed, the building’s been vacant for too long,” Silsbe said. “But they’re seeking several variances. The owner is also proposing/seeking input for a ‘Community Focal Point’ at the corner of Blue Point Avenue and Montauk Highway.”

Silsbe noted that he is glad to see in the proposed site plan a thickening of planted buffers between the property and homes next door. But he wants more information on the specifics of the planting.

The Blue Point Community Civic Association scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, May 18, and had invited the property owner, along with the project’s architect and traffic consultant, Silsbe said. But an illness prevented one of the guests from attending, forcing the postponement of the meeting, he said.

Blue Point already has a Dunkin’ Donuts just up the road at 33 Montauk Highway — in the same shopping plaza as King Kullen.

Visit GreaterSayville.com for updates on the proposed Dunkin’ Donuts.