In response to an appeal filed by residents opposed to Dunkin' Donuts' proposed relocation to Main Street, the Unity Board of Appeals will hold a meeting Monday, Nov. 16, at the community center, 32 School St., at 6:30 p.m.

The notice sent Oct. 30 by town administrative assistant Kari Hunt said the hearing was regarding “the Planning Board process that granted an approval….” She said a copy of the application is available for inspection at the Unity Town Office, 74 School St.

The project being proposed is in a historic Village District Overlay area, and the group that appealed the Planning Board's decision has argued the board failed to apply the town’s own zoning requirements in reviewing the scope of the new franchise location.

Opponents also say the town failed to adequately alert abutters about the project proposal, which was approved by the Planning Board Sept. 23.

Dunkin’ Donuts is currently located at the Depot Country Store on Depot Street and run by franchise owner Colleen Bailey of Norridgewock.

The new Main Street location calls for a 2,064-square-foot building with a two-lane drive-thru and 18 parking spaces. A 29-foot-wide entrance would be located on Vickery Lane, a small residential street that would have to be widened where it meets Main Street to accommodate the traffic flow.

At the Sept. 29 selectmen’s meeting, adjacent property owner Elizabeth Dyer asked if the Planning Board could extend the public comment period so property owners and other interested parties could have time to review the proposal and make comments.

The request was not granted as of this writing, even after selectmen were presented with a petition Oct. 20 with signatures of dozens of residents who felt they had not had enough notice.

In a conversation with the Journal Nov. 4, Sampson said selectmen had to submit the petition to the town attorney before taking any action on it, and they had not yet met to discuss the petition, as the Nov. 3 board meeting was postponed because of the election. "We haven't rejected it. We haven't had an opportunity to talk about in a selectmen's meeting."

The topic will be discussed at the Nov.10 board meeting, at 6:30 p.m. at the Unity Community Center.

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct the extent to which Vickery Lane would have to be widened and to clarify the reason for the Board of Selectmen's not granting the petitioners' request.