Dunkin' Donuts Proposal Stalls in Town of Waukesha

Dunkin' Donuts is planning a retail development on Sunset Drive in the Town of Waukesha.

Will Dunkin’ Donuts be allowed to open on Sunset Drive in the Town of Waukesha with a drive through?

It’s an unknown still. The Town of Waukesha Board of Supervisors delayed taking any action on the Dunkin’ Donuts conditional use permit Thursday night, according to Waukesha Now. Among issues were traffic and safety worries, according to the article.

Jim Radke, owner of Le Caffe’ Bistro near the told Waukesha Patch last week that he hoped the town board would be fair when reviewing the Dunkin’ Donuts proposal since his small business was denied a drive through on safety and traffic concerns.

Dunkin’ Donuts with a drive through is proposed for S30W24836 Sunset Drive. The 5,040 square foot building would house up to four retail tenants. The plans do not state what tenants would be located in the building, besides Dunkin’ Donuts.

If approved, the Sunset Drive Dunkin’ Donuts would be the second to open in Waukesha recently. Dunkin’ Donuts opened on North Grandview Boulevard in October.

Milwaukee Coffee Brewing Co. (MCB) plans to open 36 Dunkin’ Donuts locations throughout southeast Wisconsin in the next few years, according to Menomonee Falls Patch.

Mr Lundt February 18, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Delayed? What surprised the board? What is the next step. At this point this is more of a reporting issue...
Ted February 18, 2013 at 09:34 PM
If they put a drive through in, one lane should be for police vehicles only.
TERESA H February 18, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Sounds like a good idea. Most of the people that visit Dunkin Donuts are only going there early in the morning to get them to take to work. We aren't talking heavy traffice issues all day long. Let's get serious. As far as the neighboring Bistro, He serves several different types of items then Dunkin Dounts - dont see much competion here. T Pa
Martin Tully February 18, 2013 at 10:58 PM
To me it seems there are two issues here. First a Town Board who is crippled by a chairman who is clearly a extremely decisive person and second a current business owner who wants to stop Dunkin Donuts from being a threat to their business. First to the Bistro. I cannot believe the nerve and gall that you would hope to stop another business, who is clearly wanted to many person's. You will never get anymore of our business again. And second Mr. Lundt always says it perfectly, what a surprise that our own Town Board's Chairman still doesn't understand. Wow! It has to be horrible to be in meetings with her.
Sarah Millard (Editor) February 19, 2013 at 03:56 AM
The Bistro owners never said they don't want Dunkin' Donuts to move in - they are questioning if it is fair that they were denied a drive through when a neighboring coffee shop may be granted that access.
the 'sha guy February 19, 2013 at 12:39 PM
The Bistro is in the city and DD would be in the town. Two different gov't bodies is why there can be two different results. If the bistro wanted a drive thru that badly they could have located somewhere else, perhaps at this proposed DD location.
Laura Bierdemann February 19, 2013 at 02:20 PM
There is no room for the Bistro to have a drive through. That parking lot is a nightmare. Traffic does not move through it at all. I don't think it has anything to do with the business itself. As for competition with DD, The Bistro is an entirely different atmosphere, again no competition. Traffic is not all that bad on Sunset. There are a few busy times but it is not constant.
Concerned Resident February 19, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Laura B - I could not disagree with you more. You must not live and travel on Sunset very much otherwise you are completely unaware of your surroundings. The stretch of Sunset between West Avenue and Sentry Drive is busy ALL the time. Weldall and SPX (Waukesha Electric) semi-truck deliveries are constant! And the number of cars headed to Target get larger all the time. With that said, I still support a DD going in. There are several entrances and exits into the parking lot where the proposed DD would be built. I do not anticipate any additional traffic or safety issues as a result of the DD. If a drive-thru was significant part of Mr. Radke's Bistro business plan then he should have found space that allowed him to operate a drive-thru.
Sarah Millard (Editor) February 19, 2013 at 03:29 PM
The Bistro is in the town.
Jerry Simmons February 19, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I'm not shocked the town of Waukesha stalled economic growth once again. I wonder if they will allow DD to have city water or if they will force them to dig a well. I think a DD would also give a great reason to visit sunset area more often but it would be faster for 85% of Waukesha to just go to the grand view location because they keep stopping the bypass. Wait, isn't the grandview location technically pewaukee? Yea that makes sense now.
the 'sha guy February 19, 2013 at 04:37 PM
My bad... I thought that was a city development. Either way, I frequent the Bistro and the location close to the road and that parking lot is just not conducive to a drive thru.
Walter B February 20, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Not opposed to the bld, but concerned with the proposed change of zoning and the application to change to a "conditional permit" to allow a drive thru. When we applied for a biz lisc we applied for a drive thru, but were shot down, citing zoning & the added traffic was a safety risk for the other biz and the elderly facility that shares the entrance. We changed our biz plan. 7 years later, a corp chain comes to the board and says, "we want a drive thru" The planning commission goes back & has to do a study to see if it is feasible, even though it was not allowed in the past. It's in the interest of safety of our employees, customers, elderly residents, neighbors and friends. Build it, but scrap the drive thru.The added traffic will create many issues for not only our biz but others.This is why it was denied in the past and was not zoned.Pick and Save wanted to build in that same spot, but their footprint was too big.The board advised them, they didn't fight it and cry foul, they moved on. Remember when Sonic wanted to build on Sunset, but were denied from the City? The traffic that it would have generated was not deemed a good fit, and there were many safety concerns about that. Now, years later, Sonic is changing things up. Their store by G Bay abruptly shut down a few months ago. Part of the reason they want this spot, is the CITY is reluctant to put another drive thru on Sunset, so they figure the town doesn't know any better and will let them in.Lots of empty bld open.
Active A Tee February 21, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Several entrances and exits?? There is only ONE. And one is proposed way too close to the stoplight on Prairie. Have you been by here? Have you not seen it as you have been dodging the cars swerving into Culvers. I live near here. They can go into one of the many open buidings. And with most DD going to 24 hours, we really can do without that.
Concerned Resident February 21, 2013 at 04:16 AM
Active A Tee...Yes, I live near there too. Two entrances already exist off Prairie Ave and one off Sunset. The proposed entrance off Prairie means a total of four. How many more do you want?
Active A Tee February 21, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Yes, 2 driveways off Prairie. One is strictly a truck entrance, now for donations. That one is not feasable for the new complex. Have to snake around the back of the old shopping center. The other is for St Vinnys. Yes, could be used, but the way the new lot is constructed, it is a maze to get thru. So now a new drive is proposed, way too close to the controlled intersection on Prairie. And lets face it, all the traffic will exit on Sunset the way the drive thru points them out. What a mess. I feel so bad for the neightbors and the elderly housing unit. It was never zoned for this. It's not a case of build it and lets adapt. It's a matter of building something that isn't suited for the property. Take over one of the empty buildings that doesn't have traffic issues. As Mayor Scrima has always said "you don't make land use decisons based on the desire of one or two retailers." Long after DD is a memory (again) we'll have to live with the decisions of that site.


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