No Dunkin' at 500 Easthampton rd. in Holyoke
It is hard to keep up with all that is going on in our great city. Most of you probably think that the project for a Dunkin drive-through facility had been permanently denied by the Holyoke Planning Board. In fact, on January 13, there was a new public hearing in which Peter Martens and Peter Rosskoffen tried to convince the board that they should reconsider the project.
If you don’t want to read my whole post, just know that the Planning Board will be meeting in executive session (a closed meeting with no public) 0n Jan 25th. with the two Peters to negotiate a new proposal for this project. Please sign the petition against this traffic plan and let the Mayor and the Planning Board know how you feel.
Now back to the details. The new proposed project has added a second lane for the drive-through to facilitate traffic, and a blinking yellow light. They have made the traffic area more confusing and created an extra expense for the city as it’s the city that would have to install the safety light. Everything else remains the same—an unnecessary Dunkin which will create visual and physical pollution in front of the entrance to a State Park and increase the danger to drivers traversing a busy artery as well as to pedestrians.
What would this business offer? It will offer 25 minimum-wage jobs, without benefits, to people who will have to reach their workplace without the option of public transportation.
What will Holyoke gain? A laughable amount in tax revenue and a reputation for ill decision-making.
Please let people know what you want for your city.