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Geneva Planning Board expected to vote on new Dunkin’ location at North/Exchange streets

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The Geneva City Planning Board is set to vote on the construction of a new Dunkin’ location at the corner of Exchange and East North streets, potentially breaking a three-year delay. The board, meeting at the city’s Public Safety Building, will deliberate on the site plan and architectural review Monday night. This follows a postponement due to insufficient votes for passage in the previous session on March 4, where the necessity for a unanimous decision stemmed from open seats and a conflict of interest recusal by member Anne Nenneau.


David West, the city’s director of economic development and planning, highlighted the complexities of the previous voting scenario and the potential impact of board member opposition on the project’s approval. Despite these challenges, Planning Board Chair Don Cass expressed optimism about achieving a quorum and proceeding with the vote, thanks to the recent addition of Bryson Cochran to the board.

The site, identified as part of a “food desert,” was initially earmarked for a grocery store to address the lack of fresh food access in the Ward 6 neighborhood. However, efforts to attract a grocer fell through, leading to the Dunkin’ project proposal by CRT CXLVI, represented by Mark Cafua of Cafua Management Co. The project had previously received approval but was delayed due to environmental concerns, now cleared by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.