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Architecture Board Critical of Dunkin' Donuts Sign

Eatery at 525 E. Main St. could be open by this time next year

Plans for the proposed Dunkin' Donuts at 525 E. Main St. returned Tuesday to the Kent Architectural Review Board, which again offered suggestions for changing the building's design.

Members of the architecture board suggested earlier this month the building's design be changed to add windows and an entrance facing Main Street.

Elizabeth Eaken of David Sommers & Associates, the architect designing the project, said she took the board's suggestions and added windows on the upper level and on the lower level facing Main Street.

But the building's designers did not add a door facing Main Street because the entrance would counter the intended flow of traffic inside the store and direct people through the outdoor seating area.

"I think from Main Street this is going to be an inviting little place," she said.

Members of the board said they appreciated the redesign with added windows but still wanted to see an entrance facing Main Street.

Architecture board members also took issue with the building's pole sign, which includes a digital LED display.

Board member Doug Fuller said he liked the building's adjusted design but said the pole sign doesn't fit with the style.

"The sign is going to do the building a huge disservice," he said.

The board took no action on the project. Typically the architecture board issues a certificate of appropriateness on projects or, at minimum, makes recommendations to the Kent Planning Commission to approve or disapprove it. The project isn't within the downtown architecture overlay district, so the board doesn't have to issue it a certificate.

Instead, the board agreed to send its comments on the project to the planning commission to take into consideration when it reviews the project's new site plan.

Eaken said she would take the board's latest round of suggestions into consideration.

Laurel Myers Hurst September 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Agreed on the signage...there are signs upon signs...they are covering the building sign with the pole sign. Is a pole sign needed? Can the LED display be on the building? Why is the board insisting on a front entrance? Taco Bell, Wendy's, Burger King all have side entrances :/
Wilburforce September 19, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Why must these out fits insist on signage that can be recognized from two miles away....realizing I've answered my own question but.... They have a captive audience across the street that is not driving down the Interstate HWY at 80 mph. DD will be crawling with chubby students the moment it opens !
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! September 19, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Chubby students that will at least get a little exercise as they run across Rt 59 and it's 35 mph "crossing" zones.
Heather N. Peters September 23, 2012 at 05:39 PM
chubby students? Worry about yourselves. DD serves plenty of healthy options and other places serve plenty of unhealthy options the same as DD. Grow up with the comments about weight. The majority of students are not chubby, it's the grown ups with more control of their bodies that have more of these issues.

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