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Honeoye Falls drive-thru controversy continues

Honeoye Falls, N.Y. -- An open plot of land along West Main Street in Honeoye Falls is a point of contention, as the village board decides whether or not to change the code allowing a drive-thru restaurant.

Last fall, the village board approved zoning changes necessary to add a Dunkin' Donuts in the village, but has since repealed it.

Monday, there was a second public hearing for the project about changing the code that could bring in a restaurant with a drive-thru.

Dunkin' Donuts can come in they just can't come in with a drive-thru the way the code exists, said Stephanie Tolan, president of Honeoye Falls Community Association.

According to Tolen, the village board ignored the majority of residents who answered a survey in opposition of the drive thru.

No traffic studies have been done, no environmental studies have been done, and to understand the impact of this change once the change is made we can't undo it, so we would really like the village board to just take the time to consider the needs of the community and the voice of the community, said Tolen.

But some residents, like Mary Szlosek, who is also the chairperson of the village planning board, said this progress is what the community needs.

I think it's been actually very thoughtfully put together the new code, said Szlosek. Actually, we don't know if it will be Dunkin' Donuts. Dunkin' Donuts is interested in being there, but the code is written for any restaurant to be able to build it's limited to two in the general commercial district.

Szlosek said this will add to the village.

From my perspective, it will only enhance the looks of that area, she said.

The village board decided to delay its vote on changing the code at tonight's meeting until Feb. 17.

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