(Monday - December 21, 2020) - The Iron Mountain
City Council has given final approval to the construction of a new
"Dunkin" store at 1001 S. Stephenson Avenue.
While the store will
be located in an area zoned for such activity (East side of S.
Stephenson Avenue - between F. & G. Streets) the company had requested a
zoning variance to permit for the installation of a drive-thru facility.
That variance was approved by the Council.
The only remaining question remains under
discussion between the developers and the Michigan Department of
Transportation as to whether the store will have access directly onto
Stephenson Avenue (Highway US-2), or whether access will be via F.
The action took place at the Council's regularly
scheduled meeting. This meeting was held via the Zoom online meeting
platform, due to the Covid-19 restrictions currently in place.
Dunkin, formerly known as Dunkin Donuts, will open a new facility in
Iron Mountain in 2021, if all permitting and other regulatory
applications are approved, as expected.
If all goes as planned,
Dunkin will open a location on the East side of South Stephenson Avenue,
between F and G Streets, at 1001 So Stephenson Avenue.
Council is expected to take the final step on Monday to allow a special
use permit for a drive-thru at the new location. The matter has already
been considered by the City's Planning Commission, which voted
unanimously to approve the application.
In a statement provided
to Dickinson County News today, Emily Kettinger, Real Estate Development
Manager for TMart Operations and Dairyland Operations, doing business as
Dunkin and Baskin Robbins said: "On Monday we have the final local
municipality meeting in hopes of gaining formal approval of the project.
After that we have one additional contingency that has to be waived
before we are able to close on the property, which would hopefully take
place in mid January. We'd like to have all of the approvals,
permitting, plans, etc. in place so we could break ground right away in
the Spring once the ground has thawed."
Ms. Kettinger went on to
say, "We're excited to expand our presence in the UP and we feel Iron
Mountain is a great fit for our brand. We really like this proposed
location because it's right along the main thoroughfare in town, is
close to numerous other thriving retailers and businesses, and is in
close proximity to established residential areas. We currently operate
forty-two restaurants across WI, northern MN, and the UP of MI, with
commitments to open at least six more locations throughout 2021."
Kettinger said they look forward to serving guests in Iron Mountain,
if all goes as planned, in the late summer or early fall of 2021.