What Should Go Here at 79 Lynnfield St.?
What do you think would be the best use for this vacant commercial space in the Lynnfield Street plaza?
This vacant space has been the subject of many a heated debate among city councilors over the years, and certainly in recent months.
Lately, the argument is whether a Dunkin’ Donuts (sans a drive-through) would be an appropriate use for the spot and whether it would exacerbate existing traffic safety concerns.
There does appear to be community support for a Dunkin’s, based on a petition the property owners sent out to neighbors last year and which received about 500 signatures.
Readers here on Peabody Patch have also expressed support in favor of the donut shop, while some elected officials and residents say they were fine with Dunkin’s but would rather see an independent coffee shop or café there.
In the past 12 years, the council has denied all petitions to allow a food-service establishment in the plaza, turning away Panera Bread, Pizza Hut and a coffee shop. Meanwhile, the former video store has sat vacant for the last few years.
The question may become a moot point if the property owners are finally successful at convincing the council to allow Dunkin’s in – a public hearing is set for March 13, but let’s have at it. What do you think would be the best use of this vacant unit in the Lynnfield Street plaza?
Is it Dunkin’ Donuts, something else? What do you think should go here?