On the Dunkin’ Donuts menu board
So it appears that the sad saga of Dunkin’ Donuts has closed with a final insult by the HDRB in approving a large, backlit menu board. After going to such trouble to fix up the rear of Foodtown, they have caved to Fast Food, Incorporated, condoning a garish pink altar that will shine out over Marion Avenue for all to see.
Mr. Downey, according to reports, commented on the decision that those who move near a commercial strip must pay the price, being “fully aware they bought property behind Foodtown.” For heaven’s sake! If that isn’t the least friendly thing anyone could say in this awful situation. These are families we are talking about, members of your community! Yes, they could have moved to Fishkill but they wanted to be in Cold Spring. They actually thought that once they moved here they would be a part of our community. Do we take care of our own, our neighbors? Obviously not. Instead we condemn them forever for their choice.
The original site plan for Marion Avenue had smaller ranches set so they were not facing the commercial area. But our boards back in 2001 saw fit to refuse the plan, insisting on the current architectural designs because they were more historically appropriate. They also required that the houses face out with big porches, implying that the homeowners could enjoy the amenity.
We created this mess. So why is it, when these neighbors of ours ask for help, you thumb your nose at them? And the planning board isn’t any less guilty. You allowed nighttime deliveries — as many as 20 a week. Do you want to listen to trucks at night along with the crickets?
At one of the public hearings it was said that it’s the people who make Cold Spring what it is. One would hope it’s not just some people, but all the people. Next time, it could be you with the problem. Let’s all try to remember to love our neighbors as ourselves when the next issue arises.