Morristown Dunkin’ Donuts proposal to get special hearing, Nov. 30

Traffic expert Joseph Staigar testifies for a proposed Dunkin' Donuts. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Traffic expert Joseph Staigar testifies for a proposed Dunkin' Donuts. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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By Margret Brady

A Dunkin’ Donuts proposed for a gas station at the corner of Washington and Mills streets will get a special hearing on Nov. 30, 2015, at a special time: 6:30 pm.

The Morristown zoning board heard brief testimony on Wednesday, to clarify dates of traffic counts in an expert report submitted by the applicant, Madison Enterprises LLC.

Traffic expert Joseph Staigar testifies for a proposed Dunkin' Donuts. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Traffic expert Joseph Staigar testifies for a proposed Dunkin’ Donuts. File photo by Kevin Coughlin

Addressing discrepancies in the document, traffic consultant Joseph Staigar testified that all the counts were valid, but that some had been redone to confirm their accuracy and the dates had not been updated.

Because the data remained valid, Staigar said, it did not matter which specific date was in the heading of the report.

Tom Sheridan, a lawyer representing residents who oppose the project,  asked how to verify those
facts, when they were done by members of the staff and no evidence of the actual times had been presented.

Staigar said he was 90 percent certain they were as he stated. When asked for proof, the expert
said that he had testified under oath.

The Nov. 30 meeting will be held in the third floor seniors center at town hall.  Board Vice Chairman Michael Leavy, who ran Wednesday’s meeting, said the early start time is meant to ensure there is enough time to conclude all testimony and public questions.  This application has been pending since January.

Residents have raised concerns about increased traffic congestion and empty calories for children from Morristown High School and the Alexander Hamilton School, both nearby.

The applicant has responded to some concerns by removing a drive-through window from the plans, and by adding more parking spaces, for a total of 11.  The property now houses a Gulf station, and it would remain there according to this proposal, which is represented by former Mayor Jay Delaney Jr.

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