Dunkin’ Donuts site plan approved

JOHNSTOWN – A site plan for a Dunkin’ Donuts store at the site of an alleged arson was approved by the board Tuesday, contingent on making adjustments to the septic tank design and signage for the building.

The proposed restaurant will be located at the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and Route 29A.

Luigi Palleschi, an engineer from ABD Engineers in Schenectady, presented the Dunkin’ Donuts site plan to the board in January.

Code Enforcement Officer Ryan Fagan still needs to address the calculation of the signage on the building itself, Fulton County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty said. Finalization of the septic tank design also still needs to be discussed.

The location used to be the site of Dad’s Music Shop. The building was destroyed April 10 by a fire. Authorities allege the owners, Garry and Audrey Lane, were hoping to collect money from insurance payments.

The Lanes were eventually charged with arson by authorities. The case is still in the court process.

Sara Mustafa, whose family owns the Dunkin’ Donuts on Second Avenue, is eyeing two pieces of property totaling 0.38 acres, according to information presented to the board. It’s still unclear who owns the property.

The Mustafas own another Dunkin’ Donuts on Comrie Avenue in the city of Johnstown.

The new shop would take the place of the existing Second Avenue restaurant, according to Mariah Morey, manager of the Gloversville Dunkin’ Donuts.

The proposed Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant would be a 1,840-square-foot building with 22 parking spaces. The access driveway to the site would be off Elmwood Avenue.

Several parking areas and access driveways were proposed. Stormwater infrastructure and an on-site 1,000-gallon dry well septic system would also be included, Palleschi said. The restaurant would have a drive-thru.

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