Plans pan out for doughnut drive-thru

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published September 11, 2018

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TROY — Motorists and others who find themselves on the east side of Troy may “run on Dunkin’” after the Planning Commission approved preliminary site plans and a special land use needed for a drive-thru window for a Dunkin’ Donuts. 

The doughnut shop will be located in an existing commercial center at the corner of Dequindre and Big Beaver roads. 

The Planning Commission voted 7-1 to approve the measure at its Aug. 28 meeting. Planning Commissioner Karen Crusse voted against it. 

“I have concerns about the drive-thru. I’m not sure about opening up Big Beaver to a drive-thru and setting a precedent,” she said. 

The Planning Commission considers and approves preliminary site plans and special land uses. 

The plans feature a 2,460-square-foot doughnut shop that will front on Big Beaver Road, south of the existing buildings on the site. A masonry wall will be built around the trash enclosure. 

The drive-thru will be on the north end of the newly constructed building. An outdoor dining area will front on Big Beaver Road. 

A small one-story structure on the northeast corner of the site will be removed. 

The property is zoned as a neighborhood node, form-based district, which permits drive-thrus with approval of a special land use. 

According to the city’s master plan, “Neighborhood nodes are the concentrated commercial and mixed-use centers situated at major intersections of Troy thoroughfares that serve as the center of the city’s economic neighborhoods. … Moderately dense residential environments may be encouraged within some nodes to provide steady activity for longer periods of the day.” 

Troy’s form-based code regulations aim to promote infill development and redevelopment, create attractive pedestrian spaces, and ensure reasonable transition between higher-intensity developments and adjacent neighborhoods. 

Albany Court resident Wikens Aurora told the Planning Commission that he has a problem with the smell of food and trash from dumpsters, lighting from the center, and noise at night. 

Planning Director R. Brent Savidant told the Planning Commission that the commercial development on that corner predates the adjacent homes, and the dumpsters in question have been there since 1974. 

Savidant said he would follow up and ask the Code Enforcement Department to inspect the site.