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Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to the Somerset Plaza in Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD, Maine (October 11, 2016) – A new Dunkin’ Donuts Drive Through Restaurant will open in Pittsfield in Spring 2017. Earthwork started this week at the Somerset Plaza with the plan of getting the foundation in before the ground freezes so building construction can begin.

This is a long awaited business for Pittsfield for those citizens, business employees and visitors who like Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and menu selections. The 2,080 square foot drive through restaurant will be open for convenient hours 7 days a week. Access to the site will be provided through the westerly Somerset Plaza entrance for vehicles off Somerset Avenue and into the proposed Dunkin’ Donuts site via a separate enter and exit driveways from the Plaza property.

Permits have been issued to the CRT CXVIII, LLC for the Pittsfield Dunkin’ Donuts.

The Pittsfield Economic Expansion Corporation (PEEC) worked with the company’s representative Scott Braley of Plymouth Engineering this year to assist the company with the project. PEEC is a non-profit corporation which serves as the Town’s economic development arm. PEEC Directors are Timothy P. Nichols, President; Robert N. Stackhouse, Director; Michael R. Gray, Director; Gary R. Jordan, Jr., Director and Kathryn Ruth, Town Manager/Treasurer.

Mayor Robert Stackhouse noted that he is pleased to welcome another business to the community. The Mayor advised that Pittsfield is very busy friendly. He is pleased that the community is so welcoming of new businesses.

PEEC Board Director Michael Gray stated “Dunkin’ Donuts will be a great addition to our community and has been a long time in coming. I’m very pleased that PEEC was able to contribute to this project and I look forward to the completion of this project.”

The Dunkin’ Donuts project received its Planning Board Site Plan Review approval earlier this year. A number of state permits were required which included a Maine Department of Transportation Traffic Movement Permit. There will be a number of pedestrian traffic improvements in the vicinity of Dunkin’ Donuts to assist with safety in that entire area by the Plaza. The project went through all of the state approvals and is beginning this week.

From the hundreds of comments that the Town has received in support of this project, this Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant will be extremely popular.

Town Councilor Scott Strom who joined the Council last year has noted at Council Meetings that adding a Dunkin’ Donuts to the Town’s business community is the #1 item mentioned to him by younger folks when he has been out in the community.

The Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise had looked at the Town before, however, the land deal did not materialize. In 2015-2016, JFJ Holdings, LLC and the owner of the Somerset Plaza, Dana Cassidy d/b/a DC Rentals, came to arrangement for the sale of approximately one acre up front of the plaza along Somerset Avenue. This is the gravel pad in the front of the Plaza that has been available for a stand-alone building. Dana Cassidy purchased the Somerset Plaza from Apple Mountain LLC in 2013.

Town Manager Kathryn Ruth would like to thank all of the many agencies and individuals who have been involved with the approval of this project. Not a day goes by that people do not ask when Dunkin’ is coming to Town. The Town is pleased to announce that the project is underway and that next Spring people can spend their money in town rather than journeying to another community.

The building construction cost is estimated at more than one half of a million dollars.

A copy of the Site Plan Review Application is available at the Town Office in case anyone would like to look at the plans.