Dunkin Donuts in Blue Hill?! [POLL]
The owners of Tradewind's Market in Blue Hill were in front of the planning board last night with an application for a brand new 4000 square foot development on South Street which would house a Dunkin Donuts and two other tenants that were not named. The planning board did accept the application, but not before hearing concerns from folks, including the man who sold the property to Chuck and Belinda Lawrence back in 2009.
Bob Marville, the former owner of the property directly across South Street from Tradewinds said that he would not have sold the property if he would have known it would end up being used in this way. He expressed fears that South Street in Blue Hill would end up looking like High Street in Ellsworth at some point. Another concern was that local bakers would "be eaten alive" by Dunkin Donuts.
Chuck Lawrence on the other hand said that the Dunkin Donuts franchise would be locally owned and that the money generated would be used in this area. He mentioned that he had already brought the popular Hannaford franchise into the area, and that "you'd be hard pressed to tell". He said that he "had no intention of changing Blue Hill".
The planning board asked for more information on signage, lighting and landscaping. A public forum on the application will be held on Monday, February 11th at 7pm in the Blue Hill Town Hall.
Meet me, on South Street,
Hurry on down.
Come on now,
Meet me on South Street,
The hippest street in town".
The Orlons, "South Street", 1963