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November 11, 2013

Dunkin' drive-thru proposed in Ipswich

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Traffic backups and pedestrian safety were the main issues addressed at the round-table discussion Thursday, which was open to the public. Concerns were raised about cars queuing up at Prime gas station across the street.

“There are things that can be done to make it palatable and might improve the intersection,” Gibbs said. The plans already have been revised several times to meet the unique configuration of the intersection.

“We thought it was an improvement over what we’ve seen before,” he said. “But we identified several things that should be looked at as possible further revisions.”

Heidi Paek, co-chairwoman of the Planning Road, emphasized the need for pedestrian safety and proper placement of crosswalks.

The plans were presented by Rob Woodland, president of Woodland Design Group.

“Dinart has been willing to take a look at modifying the existing roadway system and trying to address some of the issues,” he said.

Roy Serpa said the plans could actually improve traffic flow in the area. A drive-thru would fulfill a need in town, he said.

“It is convenient for mothers and parents, elderly and the handicapped,” he said.

Gibbs agreed that traffic could be improved with changes, saying there are many current traffic issues at Dunkin’ Donuts, including cars backing out of the parking lot into the street.

The building at 4 Lord Square was built in 1865 and once served as the town’s firehouse. Gibbs said there shouldn’t be any historical restriction on tearing the building down.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.

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