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Historic District Commission Approves Revised Dunkin' Donuts Plans for Friendly's Site

Medfield's HDC unanimously approved the latest set of plans submitted by Dunkin' Donuts franchise owner, Michael Cavallo, who hopes to convert the former Friendly's building into a Dunkin' Donuts restaurant.

On Wednesday night, Medfield's Historic District Commission gave the first go-ahead to  by issuing a certificate of appropriateness – a signoff required before obtaining a building permit from the town. 

Cavallo, of Sharon, owns several Dunkin’ Donuts, including the one at , and is interested in converting the  at 563 Main St. into an “upscale" Dunkin’ Donuts.

Cavallo’s latest set of plans reflect concerns raised by the HDC at its May 15 meeting.

“I think it looks great,” said Michael Taylor, acting chairman of HDC. Current chair David Sharff recused himself from the proceedings because he has provided architectural services to the applicant.

The revised plans call for an increase in the size of the walkway, relocating a tree and pruning foliage, adding two light posts in front of the building (Route 109) that mimic other lamps on the corner, changing location of Dunkin’ Donuts sign, and altering the cupola by removing louvers and adding glass and "soft" illumination.

“I think the fact that you’ve widened the brick walkway and it’s much more prominent is good,” said HDC member Connie Sweeney. 

Cavallo also proposed a white picket-style fence in front of the building to add a “more homey feel.”

HDC members liked the idea but said the fence should not be made of vinyl.

Carlos Andrade, Cavallo’s father-in-law, told the HDC the fence would be made out of a long-lasting material that looks like wood.

“The fence will have the grains as if it was the regular wood,” he said. “It’s going to look like wood. If you don’t touch it, you wouldn’t know.”

The Historic District Commission voted unanimously to approve the latest set of drawings submitted on June 6. 

Cavallo said his next meeting is with the Zoning Board of Appeals on July 11. 

HDC members present included Michael Taylor, Brad Phipps, Connie Sweeney, and Barbara Jacobs. 

J. Curtis June 07, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Who cares about a fence? Is this guy going to foot the bill for the major overhaul that intersection is going to need after the morning traffic problem is exacerbated by his business? The town should be focusing on the real issue - the majority of people in town don't want an "upscale" Dunkin Donuts (which, ps. is a laughable concept to begin with).
Rene Schweickhardt June 10, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Another Dunkin Donuts? Please....can we, as a small town that wants to encourage small private businesses, move away from this concept and put out the word to have others bid on this property for future use? A 'mom and pop' tavern or restaurant would be nice for that location.
Miguel June 12, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Bad idea, their coffee is average. On the topic of coffee, there isn't one shop in town that sells a decent cup of coffee. It would be nice to have a non-chain coffee shop that specialize in coffe and tea.

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