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New Businesses Planned for former Bowling Alley Site: Plans for a new retail development at 923 Boston Post Road will be the subject of a Zoning Commission public hearing on Monday, July 2. 

Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

New Businesses Planned for former Bowling Alley Site: Plans for a new retail development at 923 Boston Post Road will be the subject of a Zoning Commission public hearing on Monday, July 2. (Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News | Buy This Photo)

Dunkin Donuts, Agway, Opt for Old Saybrook Bowling Site

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Vacant for four years, the bowling alley at 923 Boston Post Road will soon be transformed and active again. With plans to build a new retail development there known as the Shops at Oyster Creek, the site could soon include a new Dunkin Donuts restaurant with a drive-through window and an Agway store.

Plans to put the Dunkin Donuts on the western front corner of the parking lot and an Agway store, with associated greenhouse space, at the rear of the site, roughly on the footprint of the former bowling alley have been filed with the town’s Land Use Office. The application for a special exception permit will be the subject of a Zoning Commission public hearing on Monday, July 2.

The applicant is listed as 923 Boston Post Road, LLC; the principal of that LLC is listed as Anthony Izzo.

The proposal is to construct a one-story retail building at 12,000 square feet, a 3,056 square foot greenhouse, and a 2,254 square foot one-story coffee shop with a drive-through window. Due to the number of parking spaces proposed in the plans, the applicant will be required to complete a traffic study, based on zoning regulations. Also, since the site is in the designated Pedestrian Node area, sidewalks and landscaping will also be required.

Prior to Oct. 2, 2017, restaurants in the B-2 Shopping Center district where this development is proposed were not permitted to have drive-through windows, but on that date, the Zoning Commission, in recognition of the changing face of retail, approved a zoning text amendment that now allows this type of use with a special exception permit.

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