The Middletown Planning and Zoning Commission has unanimously recommended approval of plans to build a Dunkin’ Donuts, a Game Stop and another restaurant at the Westown Town Center on U.S. 301.
It’s now up to the Middletown Town Council to approve or deny the plans at the next council meeting Monday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is held in council chambers in Town Hall at 19 W. Green St., Middletown.
On Dec. 21, the planning commission gave its blessing to construction of three new buildings at the Westown shopping center: one with a 2,103 square-foot restaurant, one with a 1,600 square-foot retail store, and one with a 2,000 square-foot restaurant.
The commission is only a recommending body. It’s council who makes the final decision.
Representatives of the shopping center appeared before the planning commission and said one of the restaurant buildings will be a Dunkin Donuts and the retail building will hold a Game Stop. A tenant for the remaining building hasn’t been finalized.
Planning commissioners had few concerns about the proposal. Debra Sutton, who chairs the commission, asked about the dumpsters for the new building. She said the trash from the dumpsters might blow across U.S. Route 301, so the dumpsters should be topped.
Commission member Donald Dibert said the dumpsters proposed wouldn’t be big enough to handle two restaurants.
Town Manager Deputy Morris Deputy said the dumpster issue can be handled through code enforcement. The project’s representative said the dumpsters were part of the plan previously approved for the same site.
As proposed, the plan would replace an approved plan with two buildings, both restaurants, at the same site. The combined square footage of those buildings would have been 5,250 square-feet.
According to the Dunkin’ Donuts’ website, there are at least four of those stores with a Middletown address. There are more than 11,300 stores worldwide, including over 8,500 restaurants in 41 states across America, and over 3,200 international restaurants in 36 countries.
Game Stop, proposed for one of the new buildings in the Westown shopping center, doesn’t have any stores in the Middletown area, according to the company’s website. The closest stores are one in Peoples Plaza in Bear and the other in Governors Square in Bear.
Also, the planning commission on Dec. 21 recommended approval of a conditional use which allows a company to lease 3,400 square-feet of space in an existing building on Sleepy Hollow Drive. There’s a Crossfit in the same building.
The company, called Nickles Arcade, distributes Kona barbeque products, including spatulas, bushes and other barbeque accessories. Those products will be shipped to the Middletown warehouse and shipped out to Amazon warehouses across the country.