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Lynnfield St Dunks' Opens, But Still Awaits Traffic Safety Measures

Building commissioner says property owner will make all traffic safety improvements within 30 days.

That's what city councilors are wondering in the face of the new Dunkin' Donuts at 79 Lynnfield St. opening its doors this past weekend, but apparently without agreed-upon traffic safety upgrades in place.

"I don't know what happened, but the ball was dropped or thrown away," said Ward 2 Councilor Arthur Athas, who lives down the street from the shopping plaza.

City councilors on Tuesday night directed Building Commissioner Kevin Goggin and Police Capt. John DeRosa, who is the area commander, to investigate the situation and report back to the council as soon as possible, and if need be, shut down the operation for violating its special permit conditions.

Councilors said all those conditions should have been met before the shop opened.

It turns out Goggin, however, already has an answer. Reached the next morning, he explained that the property owner (Linear Retail) has obtained a temporary occupancy permit for the coffee shop with a commitment to satisfy all its special permit conditions within 30 days.

The shop itself, which is Peabody's ninth Dunkin's, is operated by a separate entity. It opened its doors on Saturday, according to Goggin.

He said two of those seven safety conditions have already been met, most visibly installing a traffic island in the Summit Street exit to the plaza. The majority of the traffic upgrades, however, are on Lynnfield Street and the road needs to be shut down in order for the work to be done.

Goggin said Linear is coordinating that schedule with the police and , but added that the property owners are "ready to go."

Goggin said he'll issue a permanent occupancy permit once all the conditions are met, but would be prepared to take enforcement action if the 30 days expired or Linear otherwise failed to fulfill its obligation.

Georgie C. July 19, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Yet another slap in the face to South Peabody residents. No one cares what we think. Like I said on the Boulderwood article....South Peabody USED to be a very desireable place to live! When is the last time Lynnfield Street was paved? Maybe with all the new taxes we get from Dunks and Boulderwood we could fix the streets/clean up the parks? Just an idea!
James D July 19, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Georgie, you reminded me of the 'good old days' when a very busy Tommy's Donut Shop at the intersection of Bartholomew St and Lynn St didn't create any significant traffic problems...
Derek Dons July 19, 2012 at 05:26 PM
If our Ward councilor spent as much time worrying the flood issues in this City as he does worrying about a Dunkin Dounts, we'd be in great shape! It's a coffee shop, lighten up!
Georgie C. July 19, 2012 at 06:01 PM
The residents of this city are NEVER listened too....this isn't just about a "coffee shop," it's about blatant disregard for the South Peabody residents and it's about the decline of this once magnificent part of the city. Not to mention the "sweetheart" exception that dunk's was granted to set up shop there in the first place...and now they don't live up to their end of the bargain?! How long before a drive-thru goes in and really messes everything up? I would be willing to wager that Boulderwood (which has already failed to pull the proper permits) will reneg on some of the terms of their bargain as well! Let's overdevelop and leave no trees in sight. I can remember when bartholomew was full of pigs..and judging by the recent greed exhibited here I guess they really never left
Nines July 19, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I still don't see why we needed a 9th Dunkin Donuts. There are 2 with a couple miles of this one. Variety is the spice of life, Starbucks would have been much more welcomed in my book and a bit more classy. I really dislike this intersection anyway and all of the traffic on my (county) street. People speed and are rude not letting residents in and out of their driveways, not to mention the danger to pets and children. Two dogs were killed this year by speeding cars and the people didn't even stop to see if the animals were okay. People go flying through the intersection at Lynnfield and County, the whole area was not designed for this kind of usage.
Derek Dons July 19, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Personally, I'd LOVE to see a Drive thru. But, I'll take this for now. If they can get one in, they will have my approval! And I live less than 1/4 mile from there. More power to them and the owners of the plaza. And we wonder why our great Mayor is going to have his hands full trying to get business to come here? People can't stop crying about a perfectly legit coffee shop, in what as an almost empty plaza? Do you people really think this Dunks is going to cause that much of an issue traffic wise? Come on! I'd say the CVS increases traffic a lot more than this does. Should we shut them down??? WOW!
Georgie C. July 19, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Ever drive by the washington street dunks in the morning? How about the lowell street one? There are at least 4 or 5 cars blocking half the street because they are too lazy to get out of their cars to get their morning "fix." Always wondered why the cops never did anything about this....is this really what you want for your neighborhood? Summitt Street is already a terrible mess at rush hour and, as another reader mentioned, that intersection is awful (a fact the police also presented before this sweetheart backdoor deal was confirmed). Are you related to the owners of dunks or the plaza or something???
Derek Dons July 19, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Boo Hoo Buddy! Cops are not going to waste their time bothering people/cars for something so stupid! No relation to anyone there sorry. Just a concerned citizien and resident of the South Peabody area, who for the life of him does not see what the big deal is? A typical Dunkin Dounuts is busy for like 3 hours in the morning. Then, it is hit or miss. I went in there the other day at 5:30. Not ONE car sitting in the log jam of traffic was going into thei parking lot. So your argument is just plain stupid. I have no issue with this being here. Just as I had no issue with Sal's or Stoneridge. If the owners feel they can make some $ in this area, I am all for it.
Georgie C. July 19, 2012 at 07:42 PM
They have better things to do at 6am then tell these lazy people to stop obstructing the street? Really? Blocking crosswalks and forcing cars into oncoming traffic doesn't warrant action in your eyes? You like dunks...good for you...I am very glad that you don't have to drive a whole half a mile either way anymore to get your fix. It is totally worth the disruption and traffic because the new dunks is very convenient for derek. Yup, and it's MY argument that's stupid.... But, hey, I Guess that's one less car blocking washington street, right "buddy"?
Derek Dons July 19, 2012 at 07:52 PM
No, they are not. The cars block traffic for what 25 seconds....they have better things to be doing. And we are talking about 2 totally different Dunks here. The arguement you and about 25 other people have is this new one is going to create a traffic issue. The city and the PPD all agree, that with the traffic concessions that will be made by the owners, there will be no safety issues. There are more issues with people coming in/out of CVS! There is ample parking here, so there will be zero traffic flow issues. The sick part of all this, is the Ward Councilers who are suppose to look out for the Ward and the City, seem to me looking out for himself/themselves only! My best guess, if this was in another Ward we would not be hearing word one from Athas or you or anyone else in opposition. Bottom line, we live in America. Land of the free! They should be able to operate their business, which in turn generates revenue for the City. We should not be standing in the way of free enterprise! It's not like we are talking a bar or a strip club here. I'd actually agree with you if that was the case. No, this is a coffee shop!
Rich Munson July 20, 2012 at 01:21 PM
We could have had a Panera years ago if not for the "sweetheart deal" about no restaurants in the plaza to protect Land n' Sea, upheld by the previous and current Ward Bosses. I remember calling to express my support, which didn't do a thing. I would have loved to walk with my sons to Panera for a breakfast or lunch in the summer. Now, another DD.... Who probably threatened to sue and had the money to do so, so the Ward Bosses had to cave. What's better Mr. Athas? This DD or the Panera that was fought to the end?
South Peabody Mom July 20, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Derek Dons, thank you for taking the time to express that there are many South Peabody residents that are happy to have a new business in the area. I moved to Peabody a few years ago and have been happy to see the development of the Newhall Plaza and this new Dunkin Donuts. As a new Peabody resident, I feel this brings pride to the area to see new businesses coming to a great part of the city. To argue that one coffee shop is going to add huge traffic issues to this area of the city is a little ridiculous. What about the impact to see vacant business locations filled with a proven business that will add more value to this area? Won't this bring in more families to the area who will also have pride in our area of the city. I feel there is only good that can come from these new businesses and I am excited to see my children grow in an area that is creating a sense of community. I see nothing but positives to know you can stop in at your local coffee shop and catch up with a neighbor. Stop in for a slice at Sal's and see my children's excitement to see a drawing by a classmate hanging on the counter. Or stop in for a nice meal and a cold beer at Stonewood Tavern. Not to mention the amazing pedicures at the Finishing Touch Nail Salon. Again, all positives to me!

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