Plans for Dunkin Donuts in the works

LISBON – A Dunkin Donuts may be coming to town, but not before some road details are worked out.

Center Township trustees Greg Shive and Ken Schreffler, along with Columbiana County Commissioner Tim Weigle and Chief Deputy County Engineer Bob Durbin, met last week with representatives from Whitedonuts LLC, the Salem company interested in locating a Dunkin Donuts at the southwest corner of Saltwell Road and state Route 45.

Craig Anton, director of operations, declined to get into specifics at this time, other than to say the company, which operates the Dunkin Donuts in Salem, is interested in locating one at the abovementioned location.

“It’s something we’re looking at,” he said.

The property, at 8009 state Route 45, was sold by Laraine Carman to Whitedonuts for $110,000 on July 15, according to the county auditor’s officer.

Shive said they visited the site and learned the company would need some of the right-of-way from Saltwell Road for its parking lot, and permission for that would have to come from commissioners.

“Right now they don’t have enough room for their parking lot and want use of the right-of-way,” he said, adding there was talk of erecting a guardrail to prevent anyone from accidentally driving into the closed portion of the parking lot from Saltwell Road.

They also talked about access roads to Dunkin Donuts from Saltwell Road and state Route 45, although Shive said the company has yet to confer with the Ohio Department of Transportation.

“They have some issues they still have to address,” Shive said.

Shive, who worked for ODOT, has some concerns about increased traffic at the intersection, which has a traffic light, and intends to ask his fellow trustees to seek a traffic survey from the county.

“Don’t get me wrong. I want this to happen, but I don’t want someone coming back a year later and say ‘What did you do there on Saltwell Road?’ It could be a traffic nightmare up there. That’s what I’m worried about,” he said.