110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Joe Crews
posted Mar 31, 2014 - 2:41:33pm
America may run on Dunkin’, but customers at a Dunkin’ Donuts store on the corner of Garfield Avenue and International Speedway Boulevard at times are preventing others from getting to their destinations.
At busy times, traffic in the doughnut shop’s drive-through lane backs up onto Garfield Avenue because the existing lane is too short to provide adequate “stacking capacity” for motorists waiting in line. Cars on Garfield prevent traffic from traveling south on that street.
Help is on the way. The DeLand City Commission March 17 approved spending $20,000 from the Business Improvement Grant fund to cover about half the costs of fixing the problem.
The existing drive-through entrance on the north side of the Dunkin’ Donuts property will be closed and another entrance at the south end of the property will be enlarged, likely without affecting the store’s 19 parking spaces. A new, longer drive-through lane will connect with the new access point, aided by a narrower landscape buffer along Garfield Avenue, according to a memo prepared by DeLand Community Development Director Dale Arrington.
Preliminary estimates are that the project will cost about $38,000 to $40,000 for engineering, permits, demolition, clearing, and paving and striping. At Arrington’s suggestion, commissioners approved giving the $20,000 in two payments: half of the surveying and engineering costs when those tasks are completed, and the balance of $20,000 once the project is finished.
According to Arrington’s memo, the new owner of the business, Paul R. Paquette of PDJJR Management Group Inc., already has improved service to cut down on wait times in the drive-through lane. Paquette agreed to split the cost if a more permanent solution could be found, she said.
A manager at the store told The West Volusia Beacon Paquette had no comment.
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