Commission Says No on Dunkin’ Donuts Drive-Thru at Train Station

The Lake Forest Historic Preservation Commission said the drive-thru isn’t compatible with the building’s historic nature. The Plan Commission will take that into account when making its own decision in April.

If it were up to the Lake Forest Historic Preservation Commission, the proposed Dunkin’ Donuts at the East Lake Forest Train Station would not have a drive-thru window.

The commissioners said that while they like the idea of a Dunkin’ Donuts in that vacant spot, the drive-thru is the sticking point, according to an article in the Lake Forester. The store’s applicant has said the drive-thru is necessary in order to operate in that spot.

The Plan Commission is scheduled to vote on the proposal in April and will take the Historic Preservation Commission’s decision into account, the Lake Forester article says.

Nancie D March 03, 2014 at 12:26 PM
when was it a drive thru 30 years ago? with the planned market square take over which will generate more business AND congestion... it's a no -brainer not to have a drive thru.... how lazy can you get?
Rosemary March 03, 2014 at 04:56 PM
The bank had two lanes with pneumatic tubes to conduct transactions. The donut shop would need a window from the train station through which to pass food and money. Donut shop hours go into the evening, long after banking hours. This would coincide with busy traffic time with train riders returning to Lake Forest from Chicago. Also, I think more people would be at a donut drive-through than a bank drive-through.
Alex March 04, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Classic LF move....banks dominate landscape and pay no sales tax to help city finances...a retailer wants to come into a former bank location and people are up in arms. city budget looks a bit challenging in next few years..
Elizabeth Miller March 04, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Coffee and donuts are consumed in the morning. There'll be another spike when school lets out, just like at the much argued McDonald's on the west side, where we wasted $450K in legal fees, lost, and now watch all the parents grabbing breakfast, lunch and dinner at the drive thru there. The evening hours will be very quiet, and btw, bank drive thrus typically go to 7 pm., Northern does. If you ever commuted from that station, you know that there is very little, short of running to Starbucks on the other side of the square, in the way of coffee or breakfast, but people coming home and getting off the train, GO HOME. Moreover, the foot traffic in the morning is likely to be heavy from people who have disembarked in town because they work here.
Robert T March 04, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Faulty logic if you are assuming that bank drive thru and coffee/donut drive thru produce the same amount of traffic. The old bank drive thru at the train station could service 2 lanes at once. I live very close by and never witnessed any sort of back up as the banking traffic was very light! What the donut shop is proposing would be a one lane set up with the ground arced up so the vehicle would be more at window level. Remember, it's just one lane and I would be much more traffic backed up into the parking lot potentially all the way to Deerpath, all with their motors running, waiting, and polluting during a much longer timespan. This would create a safety issue for any commuters departing the east entrance. Yes, you can post a stop sign. See how that works in the real word in Lake Forest! No one seems to ever come to a full stop in our Stop signed intersections. I welcome Dunkin Donuts but not with any drive thru! Totally inconsistent with our downtown.


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