Dunkin' Donuts Eyes District 10
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 8:00 AM

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What architects say the building will look like from Larpenteur (however, there is an apartment building, not blue sky, behing the building).

Mac's Fish/Chips/Strips and Midtown Cleaners will be torn down and replaced with a new building housing Mac's and a Dunkin' Donuts, according to plans submitted to the city's Department of Planning and Economic Development.

However, the plans are in limbo as developers seek the conditional-use permit that is automatically required for a drive-thru, which Dunkin' Donuts is seeking. The city's Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commision both voted unanimously against the conditional-use permit. The developer, Leang Sarin, originally appealed the decision to the full City Council, but withdrew the appeal before the public hearing that was scheduled for June 20.

D10's Land Use committee voted to support the drive-thru permit only if concerns about traffic gridlock on Hamline Ave. and in the new parking lot can be taken care of. Developers, who say a drive-thru could double the store's profits, are appealing the permit ruling to the full City Council.

Meanwhile, architects continue to revise their site plans for the proposed redevelopment, which would be on the southeast corner of Hamline and Larpenteur. Architectural drawings show the building would have connected storefronts facing Larpenteur, a drive-thru lane on the south and east sides of the new building (which customers access from Hamline), and parking on the south end of the lot (where Midtown Cleaners is now). The latest rendition (below) eliminates access to the alley, which nearby residents and District 10's Land Use committee opposed.

Originally published March 15, 2018. Updated June 14, 2018

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