Not living in the immediate vicinity, I really don’t have a strong view one way or the other on the new Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins coming to Madison Street. However, after reading the story, I do have some concerns about how decisions are made by our zoning board. [Dunkin’ Donuts jumps through final hoop, news, Feb. 4]

1. Jon Hale worried that allowing a drive-thru to open before 6 a.m. might open a floodgate of similar requests. But we already have a Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins on Roosevelt Road that is open 24 hours, including the drive-thru. Where is the flood?

2. It was claimed that the hours from 4 to 6 a.m. were essential to the financials of the operation because 10 percent of the revenue would come during those hours. Are they serious? I have never seen a line of cars at the Roosevelt Road location before 6 a.m. The most business is done between 6 and 8 a.m. and that is usually coffee and donuts. The big dollars come later in the day from ice cream sales, I would imagine.

3. Mr. Rouse, chairman of the board, says that in part we should grant this exception because the owner had spent a million dollars in purchasing the property. In other words, knowing that the regulations prohibit opening before 6 a.m., if I spend enough money purchasing a property, that justifies changing the rule. Shouldn’t the owners have sought an exception before spending the money, or shouldn’t the board use some other criterion in justifying the exception?

Joe Kroll
Oak Park

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