Vandalia city council votes against proposed Dunkin’ Donuts

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) — It was a unanimous decision to vote against a proposed donut shop in Vandalia.

On Monday, city council members said the Dunkin’ Donuts, planned to be built at 34 and 42 E. National Rd., exceeded the zoning requirements for those properties.

At nearby Jim’s Donut Shop, customers were happy to hear the decision.

“I just like to patronize the local businesses and try to keep them alive,” said Bruce Burt, picking up some butter twists and strawberry donuts from local shop. “I hate to see them leave town and be pushed out by larger corporations.”

Months before the council’s final decision, Jim’s Donut Shop became a rallying focus for those against the proposed Dunkin’ Donuts.

People in Vandalia argued Dunkin’ Donuts would hurt Jim’s Donut Shop, less than 400 feet down from the proposed location. Opponents also claimed the new restaurant would have increased traffic on National Road.

Those in favor of the development, however, said Dunkin’ Donuts would have created up to 15 jobs, increased tax revenue in the city, and would have removed the eyesore of two vacant buildings along the busy road.

Ultimately, council members voted against the development because it did not meet zoning standards for that district.

“In this case, council’s decision was that this was too intense of a use to authorize within the office service district,” said John Crousey, Vandalia City Manager.

During Monday’s council meeting, proponents argued the restaurant would not have been much different from neighboring establishments.

“The uses that were identified within the office service district, to my understanding, were there prior to the PUD being established,” said Crousey. “Some of the other uses that were shown to council were located in a different zoning district.”

The council’s decision has left the future of the National Road properties in the air.

Crousey said no future plans have been submitted for those properties at this time.

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