Is Mission Hill overcaffeinated?
A group of Mission Hill residents traveled to City Hall this morning to support a Dunkin' Donuts proposed for a long-vacant storefront across from the Roxbury Crossing T stop. But a neighborhood association and city officials oppose the shop because, they say, there are already enough places along Tremont Street to grab a cup of coffee.
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let Joel and Janel Silveira open a new Dunkin' Donuts at 1447 Tremont St., in a space that has been vacant for ten years. The couple already own a Dunkin' Donuts franchise at the other end of the hill, at 1631 Tremont St. in Brigham Circle.
The six residents who attended the board's hearing today to support the Silveiras said the couple run a clean and friendly shop at Brigham Circle and that a second outlet by Roxbury Crossing would only be an asset to the neighborhood. "It's a wonderful place to go into," Mary Kemp, who has lived on Mission Hill for 74 years, told the board. Other residents noted the Silveiras said the new shop would mean 12 new jobs.
But representatives of both the mayor's office and City Councilor Mike Ross (who lives on Mission Hill) opposed the donut shop, based on a formal vote against the proposal by the Community Alliance of Mission Hill. "There's already an abundance of coffee-type establishments," Ross's rep told the board.
When board member Milton Wright asked for specific examples, however, opponents could name only three: The existing Dunkin' Donuts, Mike's Donuts and Butterfly Coffee, inside the Roxbury Crossing T stop.