Drive-through Dunkin’ Donuts planned

By on May 29, 2019

If all goes as planned, Lititz can expect to be enjoying chocolate glazed donuts, hot caramel macchiatos, and caramel iced coffee by next spring.

At the May 28 meeting of Lititz Borough Council, developers for Lititz’s first Dunkin’ Donuts were granted approval of a conditional use request to demolish a portion of the building at 737 S.Broad St. to make way for a new drive-through Dunkin’ Donuts.

The targeted location for the new Dunkin’ Donuts formerly housed Lititz Service Center, which is now closed. It would be situated on South Broad Street across from Keller Bros. Ford.

The developers are father-and-son Eddie Delvadia and Parth Delvadia of Hershey, who own three other Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Mount Joy, Harrisburg and Enola. The proposed Lititz location would be their fourth.

They attended the meeting for a public conditional use hearing, with Len Hohmann serving as representative for Delta-Par, LLC.

The property is located in the general business zoning district, which allows for a drive-through restaurant. In order to repurpose the former garage and showroom, a portion of the building would need to be demolished and rebuilt. The building would be situated closer to South Broad Street to allow for drive-through traffic to enter and circle the building.

“We would need proper circulation for the drive-through,” explained Hohmann, adding that the drive-through would also allow for an escape lane.

The proposed Dunkin’ Donuts would be a smaller size, compared to other Dunkin’ Donuts, at approximately 1,600 sq. ft. The portion to be demolished would be about 420 sq. ft., with another 430 sq. ft. added.

The building could also be accessed from Raspberry Lane to the rear, which would serve as an emergency entrance to the building.

The exterior design would be similar to other Dunkin’ Donuts buildings, with light wood like paneling, accented by orange and bright pink colors. There would be expansive glass windows along the front.

Since Dunkin’ Donuts is now known as Dunkin’ the signage would state simply Dunkin’ with Coffee and More written below.

Eddie Delvadia, Len Hohmann and Parth Delvadia (left to right) presented their plan at the May 28 Lititz Borough Council meeting.

Inside the building there would be space for preparing food, seating for guests and restrooms. The Dunkin’ menu includes coffee beverages, frozen drinks, iced drinks, donuts, breakfast sandwiches, wraps, and lunch sandwiches.

Approval of the conditional use request is only the first step in bringing Dunkin’ to Lititz. The plan will require approval of PennDOT for the drive-through and traffic plan. The land development plan will also require a favorable review from the planning commission, with preliminary and final plans ultimately approved by Lititz Borough Council.

“We hope that if all goes well, we can look at starting construction in the fall,” said Hohmann, adding that that could mean an opening sometime in early to mid-2020.

In other business, work is underway for the beginning stages of Comcast’s residential build-out, particularly in the vicinity of East Sixth Street, where all the utilities in that area are buried.

Elijah Yearick, Director of Planning & Community Development for Lititz, reported that the new franchise agreement allows Comcast to put their lines within the borough’s right-of-way. In most cases, that would be in the grass strip between the curb and sidewalk.

A recent article in the Lititz Record Express helped to inform residents about the project, letting them know which streets are targeted for the work. Yearick pointed out that it will be Comcast’s responsibility to restore the areas where they dig. If any homeowners find damage or areas that are not being restored, they should contact Lititz Borough as soon as possible.

While installation of cable lines might cause some issues for affected property owners, another project looms in the future, which will have an even more significant impact. Yearick reported that

PennDOT will be resurfacing and paving East Main Street and North Water Street in 2021.
Several special events were approved by Lititz Borough Council in coming weeks. They include the massive Lititz Rotary Craft Show, which is set for Aug. 10, with crowds of up to 50,000 and some 700 vendors.

Borough Council approved the June 2 Sunday in the Park event, the AMBUCS Crafts in the Park on June 8, the Mela Indian American Fusion Community Festival on June 29 in Lititz Springs Park, and the July 4 neighborhood block party on Laurel Avenue.

They also approved two memorial bike rides. The first annual Jack & Meghan Memorial Ride remembers Jack Nicholson and Meghan Keeney, the two Warwick High School students who died in a tragic car crash in October 2018. The memorial is set for Aug. 24. The other remembers Air Force Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, of York, who died on Aug. 6, 2011 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The Daniel Zerbe Memorial Ride is set for June 8.

Laura Knowles is a freelance feature writer and regular contributor to the pages of the Record Express. She welcomes feedback and story tips at lknowles21@gmail.com. 

One Comment

  1. Tim

    May 30, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Enough with the dunkin why can’t we get a Krispy Kreme here

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