DRB to discuss Dunkin' Donuts, Sirloin Saloon

MANCHESTER - Possible changes to a Main Street building presently occupied by Dunkin' Donuts and a car wash will be discussed during next week's meeting of the town's Development Review Board.

Rutland-based MT Associates has requested a meeting with the DRB to discuss a plan for land development at the current Dunkin' Donuts located off of Route 7A. No formal application has yet been filed.

Plans are in a preliminary phase at the moment, said David Shelburne, of MT Associates. They are coming to the DRB in search of guidance on how to proceed, and have no particular design in hand at the moment, he said.

Dunkin' Donuts has been in that location for the past 28 years and are hoping to bring an additional value to the town, he said.

Documents on file with the town's planning and zoning department show one possible design of the new Dunkin' Donuts. It consisted of two buildings, a main 35' by 32' store, and a 39' by 35' 2-car car-wash bay. An included drawing also indicates a total of nine parking spaces with one of them being a handicap space.

New plans for the design of the former Sirloin Saloon building will also be presented to the Development Review Board on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

In December of 2012 a presentation to the DRB was removed from the agenda as 3-D renderings of the building came into play.

"We were initially slated to go in front of the board back in December, but we received the 3-D renderings of the building and we didn't like what we saw, it wasn't what we were expecting," said Property Manager Craig Hunter. "So, we went back to the drawing board and kind of started over. We retained some of the original designs but it was important for us to look correct, have some historical elements, and fit within the downtown corridor."

The design that will be proposed is still set to be a mixed-use building, meaning that it could have multiple uses and vendors located inside.

"We are hoping to have a mixed-use building," said Hunter. "We don't know who the final tenants will be but we are looking into food services and restaurants as well as retail. No housing will be a part of this building."

According to Hunter, the new design of the building is slightly bigger than the first design as some additions such as a stairwell that connects the upper and lower plazas has been added, along with some other minor details.

The meeting of the Development Review Board will be held at the Kilburn Meeting Room at Manchester's town hall, and will start at 7:30 p.m.


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