King George will be getting a Dunkin’ Donuts in Dahlgren on the vacant parcel next to McDonald’s on US 301 (James Madison Parkway).
County officials are pleased, with Ruby Brabo encapsulating the sentiment.
“The addition of a Dunkin’ Donuts to our community will be well received,” Brabo said. She’s chairwoman of the King George Board of Supervisors.
The popular franchise offers hot and cold coffee and other beverages, along with sandwiches, doughnuts and other bakery products.
It’s expected to be a hit with residents, as well as with employees of the Dahlgren Naval base and its contractors outside the gate.
In addition to Dunkin’ Donuts, the restaurant will also contain a Baskin-Robbins shop, with ice cream cones, shakes, treats, cakes, pies, and more. Baskin-Robbins is the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops.
That’s according to Shawn Palivoda, who with his father, Stan, is involved in the property ownership. “It will be awesome. I just can’t wait,” Palivoda said.
Palivoda also said construction will begin as soon possible, after a needed easement is finalized with the shopping center for the entrance.
Linwood Thomas, director of the county’s department of Economic Development, was also happy with the news.
“We are excited to add Dunkin’ Donuts as the newest addition to the long line of recent major corporate retail stores that have located near Dahlgren in the last 28 months,” Thomas said.
“The Department of Economic Development looks forward to working with Dunkin’ Donuts as they grow and expand in King George.”
The restaurant will be constructed on a triangle-shaped parcel in front of the Food Lion Shopping Center, between two existing entrances connecting to US 301, with one running through the McDonalds parking lot.
The project consists of a 2,353 square foot restaurant building, associated parking and stormwater management. Access to the site will be provided by an access easement located through the Food Lion Shopping Center, on the north side of the Dunkin’ Donuts parcel site.
The property is zoned General Trade (C-2) which permits the planned restaurant by right.
The Palivoda property owners had requested approval of the final site plan on behalf of the developer, Aashni Enterprises, LLC, with the Planning Commission voting unanimously to approve the site plan on July 12.
As part of that action, the commission also granted an exception to reduce the width of the required landscape buffer from 25 feet to 10 feet along US 301.
That had been requested by the applicant and recommended in the staff report prepared by Jack Green, county director of the Community Development department.
The reason for the narrower landscape buffer is due to the small size of the lot and to provide consistency with the existing developed sites adjacent. The reduction will not adversely affect
the use of adjacent properties nor endanger public safety along US 301.
The restaurant is required to have 16 parking spaces with 22 to be provided, for customers not using its drive-through window. The development will be served by public water and sewer provided by the King George Service Authority.