Dunkin'/Baskin Robbins drops Cooperstown plans

Greg Klein | The Daily Star A rendering of the proposed Dunkin’/Baskin-Robbins store at 53 Walnut St. is shown in this Tuesday, Oct. 8, photo.

Cooperstown won’t have Dunkin’ to dunk on anymore.

“They withdrew their application,” Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh told The Daily Star. “I think they kind of recognized the situation.”

For months, village and other local residents voiced their opposition to a proposed Dunkin’/Baskin-Robbins at 53 Walnut St., including more than 20 at a public hearing held by the Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board on Tuesday, Oct. 8. By the end of the month, the Village Board of Trustees had set a November public hearing to consider a moratorium on commercial establishments at that property, which is the only commercial lot on Walnut Street.

The store’s application in the village’s Planning Board had also stalled while waiting for a traffic review study, but when the chain and its development representative, Bohler Engineering of Albany, heard about the proposed moratorium, they began considering other options, Tillapaugh said.

“I heard someone say they have been looking at other properties with their real estate representative,” Tillapaugh said, “but the Walnut Street property is right up against the southern boundary of the village. Anything past that, for instance Kirn’s (Body Shop, which recently closed on Chestnut Street), is actually outside the boundaries, so it wouldn’t be in the village.”

Tillapaugh said the village will still hold the two public hearings about zoning at the next trustee meeting, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in the village meeting room at 22 Main St. The public hearings will begin at 7 p.m.

The first will consider the moratorium, as the trustees consider rezoning the Walnut street lot, which is a block away from Cooperstown Elementary School. The second will make changes to the village’s comprehensive zoning plan, including banning dormitory-like apartment complexes in residential areas, and requiring them to have a special use for other areas.

Greg Klein, staff writer, can be reached at gklein@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7218.

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