A double standard for Dunkin' Donuts

To the editor:

I see that the First Street Cumberland Farms is expanding with no issues from the city. An "old" building is being torn down, gas pumps are being added and a larger store built. I began to wonder what is the difference between this expansion and the "relocating" of a Dunkin' Donuts on First Street?

The Dunkin' Donuts would have been at a wide intersection controlled by lights with turn lanes and arrows and have room for multiple entrances and exits and a drive thru would allow in and out with less parking issues. Yet a Cumberland Farms is at an intersection that's not as wide and has misaligned streets and a single light designed more for pedestrian crossing rather than traffic control. Adding more pumps and a larger store would increase traffic dramatically. There is a request to have 19 parking spaces rather than a required 32? Any traffic studies here?

So does the only difference with this issue sit with the politics within our city?

Dunkin' Donuts has very high demand. Its stores are very busy. That is why they expand all over. We have more convenience stores than Dunkin' Donuts in this city. Why does no one complain about that?

I have no personal interest with either of these businesses. Cumberland Farms is in need of an upgrade. But it needs to be done fair and properly. My only interest is in the direction of our city and how it is run by our elected officials and zoning board. And as we all wonder why businesses are leaving Pittsfield why is it some get better treatment than others? This has bad politics and favoritism written all over it.


Richard Daly Pittsfield