CRANFORD - On Monday, the Cranford Zoning Board heard an application to redevelop an abandoned gas station at 49 South Avenue West.
The applicant is proposing a three-pump Shell gas station and a drive-thru Dunkin' restaurant. The building would be approximately 1,000 square feet wih no indoor or outdoor seating, but there would be a counter inside for walk-ins along with the drive-thru.
A big concern raised with the potential drive-thru is traffic like the drive-thru Starbucks on North Avenue experiences. At peak hours, the Starbucks drive-thru line extends off the property and onto North Avenue, essentially turning the road into one lane.
To combat the potential issue, the drive-thru would have a two-lane queue line that could hold up to 14 cars. There would be only one speaker to order from and both lanes would alternate into one merged lane.
The hours of operation would be 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. There would also be a backup generator on the property to which the engingeer who testified said would allow the gas station to remain open in the case of a severe storm that results in Cranford or the surrounding area losing power.
Other issues were addressed such as garbage pick up time, fuel delivery time, lighting, and sound among others.
Due to time constraints only the engineer gave testimony on the application. A planner, traffic engineer, and the Dunkin franchisee are also expected to testify in the future. The next meeting for this application will be held on Monday, June 10.