Dunkin’ Looks To Move to Hearth Spot As Brookfield Approves Drive-Thru Regulations
About a week ago, we told you about the possibility of drive thru regulations being changed in Brookfield allowing for the possibility of more drive thru's in Brookfield Town Center.
Well according to newstimes.com, late last week, the Brookfield Zoning Commission passed regulations, which require developers to apply for a special permit if they want a drive-thru.
Now drive through regulations already exist in other areas of Brookfield, but there were no regulations on businesses in the Town Center, up until now.
So what does this mean, and how will this effect the Town Center District? Since there were no prior regulations, one of the things that this will do is make life a little easier for developers who want the option of a drive thru.
Jim Fisher is the chairman of the Economic Development Commission and he was very happy with the drive thru zone approval, and had this to say to newstimes.com about the new legislation:
For years, I’ve heard coming to Brookfield is a nightmare, so let’s get rid of that stigma attached to the town. Let’s try to make it so when a developer comes, they’re like, ‘Holy crap, these guys want to help me develop this property. They don’t want to torture me.
With the new regulations, the owner of Dunkin' Donuts, who already has a modified drive thru, will start the process to move the store down the road from where it is now, to the property where the Hearth Restaurant used to be. An Attorney for the owner of the franchise thinks this is a much better location for the store, plus the move would add to the town’s efforts to revitalize the downtown.
Not all residents are happy with the regulations approval. Rich Saluga, who was at the recent meeting, is concerned what drive thru's might do to the area.
What the town is saying is we don’t care if you walk through the area, you can just drive through, get your product and keep going. That doesn’t seem to jive with the idea of pedestrian access or a pedestrian-friendly area.
According to town officials, this might not be the last rule change to be put into effect. Look for the commission to do a complete rewrite of all zoning regulations.