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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.

(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 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 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?

Joel March 01, 2012 at 12:27 PM
A hardware store would be ideal. Think about the "older" homes in South Peabody and how well a business like this could be supported. Forget the Home Depots. Give me a mom and pop store that meets local needs and supports the local community Joel
Jerry Fitzgerald March 01, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Dunkin Donuts is fine with me. There will be no added traffic to the area as it is not a destination buisness that would attract more people. Those who say differantly are just fear mongering, and pandering to a City Council that is clearly (save a few) Anti Buisness.
Peter March 01, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Give me a break. Then, Mr. Fitzgerald, please explain to all of us why there is a traffic backup EVERY MORNING at the washington st and lowell st locations. The cars from the drive thrus back up into the street and no one else can get by. It is a safety hazard, and would be (as previously stated) making an already dangerous intersection even worse. There will be added traffic, and those who say differently need to remove their blinders. I am not anti-business...I am pro-neighborhood.
Peabody Native March 04, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I think that the Dunkin Donuts would be a great use for the space at 79 Lynnfield Street. Dunkin's is not even asking for a drive thru here and from what I understand, the owners of the property are making a bunch of traffic improvements to both Lynnfield Street and Summit Street that will make the intersection safer.
Peter March 04, 2012 at 08:38 PM
A couple of crosswalks and yellow lines are not going to fix the problems they would create. If they agree to NEVER pursue a drive-thru then I see that as a fair compromise. I WANT IT IN WRITING. I believe one of the major reasons they are pursuing this property is because it is already drive-thru ready (due to banknorth)....so I am not hopeful that they would ever agree to such an arrangement. On a related note, the little Dunks in lynnfield is great and extremely successful..and they dont need a drive thru. I hope that these owners can follow this model.

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