Su­per­vi­sors OK zon­ing change for donut shop drive-thru

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LOCAL - By CARL ROTEN­BERG

LOWER PROV­I­DENCE — A zon­ing amend­ment that will al­low a drive-thru for a fast food restau­rant in the Ridge Pike Business Dis­trict was unan­i­mously ap­proved by the Lower Prov­i­dence Board of Su­per­vi­sors Thurs­day night.

The de­vel­oper of a pro­posed Dunkin’ Donuts at the in­ter­sec­tion of West Ridge Pike and Trooper Road, on the site of a for­mer gaso­line sta­tion, asked for the zon­ing change. The Lower Prov­i­dence Plan­ning Com­mis­sion held a pub­lic hear­ing on July 23 and unan­i­mously rec­om­mended against the zon­ing change al­low­ing the drive-thru.

Solic­i­tor John Rice said that restau­rants and bars are al­lowed in the business dis­trict, but drive-thru fa­cil­i­ties are not al­lowed for those es­tab­lish­ments.

“Cur­rently, the zon­ing amend­ment talks about a six­car stack­ing area in the driv­ethru,” Rice said. “We can in­cor­po­rate the eight-car stack­ing area that is al­lowed for banks with a con­di­tional use.”

At­tor­ney Chris­ten Pionzio, rep­re­sent­ing Shaya Trooper LP of Wil­low Grove, said the de­vel­oper had no ob­jec­tion to chang­ing the zon­ing amend­ment to in­clude a re­quire­ment for an eight-car stack­ing area in the drive­way.

Mike Com­roe, the vice chair­man of the plan­ning com­mis­sion, said that he and mem­bers of the plan­ning com­mis­sion were wor­ried that other ap­pli­cants would ask for drive-thru fa­cil­i­ties in the business dis­trict in the fu­ture if this zon­ing change was ap­proved.

The board adopted the zon­ing change with­out of­fer­ing any pub­lic com­ments.

Dar­shan Pa­tel, the owner of Dunkin’ Donuts lo­ca­tions in Lower Prov­i­dence, West Nor­ri­ton, Flour­town, Am­bler, Hat­boro, Lans­dale, Wil­low Grove, Warmin­ster, Doylestown and Jami­son, re­quested the zon­ing change as a pre­req­ui­site for a sec­ond re­quest for a con­di­tional use ap­proval from the su­per­vi­sors. Pionzio said that if the board re­jected the zon­ing change, a hear­ing sched­uled for Sept. 18 on the con­di­tional use would be can­celed.

Pionzio said that site plans and a traf­fic study would be pre­pared after the con­di­tional use is granted.

In other business Thurs­day, at­tor­ney Rob Lewis, rep­re­sent­ing Kimco Realty of Ti­mo­nium, Md., asked the board to re­duce the amount of re­quired park­ing for the Metro Self Stor­age fa­cil­ity in the Ea­gleville Plaza to al­low con­struc­tion of two out­door stor­age ar­eas for recre­ational ve­hi­cles, campers and boats. The own­ers of the stor­age fa­cil­ity want to build a 12,300-square-foot fenced area be­hind the stor­age fa­cil­ity. A sec­ond, 20,250-square-foot fenced area would be lo­cated be­hind sev­eral small re­tail shops in the shop­ping cen­ter.

The larger out­door stor­age area will be built where some of self-stor­age fa­cil­ity’s park­ing spa­ces are lo­cated.

Lewis said the zon­ing change would re­duce the re­quire­ment for 320 park­ing spa­ces to 12 park­ing spa­ces. He said the zon­ing change would al­low the realty company to mar­ket the shop­ping cen­ter more suc­cess­fully.

“At this point that shop­ping cen­ter is a dead shop­ping cen­ter,” said Candy Alle­bach. “We need a su­per­mar­ket in that shop­ping cen­ter. If he has the se­cu­rity, I think it is OK.”

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