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Site work begins for new Main Street Dunkin' franchise

By Fran Gonzalez | Apr 23, 2021
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Workers prepare the ground for construction April 21 where the Lyle Adams farmhouse once stood at 170 Main St., Unity. This photo was taken from Vickery Lane looking southeast.

Unity — The Lyle Adams house, which formerly stood between Nason Drive and Vickery Lane on Main Street, was razed recently in anticipation of construction of a new Dunkin’ Donuts store. Crews could be seen April 21 doing preliminary site work at the downtown location.

The much-debated project was given the green light Dec. 21, 2020, after the Unity Appeals Board supported the Planning Board’s decision to allow the project to move forward.

The new facility will have a 2,064-square-foot building with a two-lane drive-through and 18 parking spaces. According to planning documents, the estimated cost for the proposed project is $1.5 million.

Selectman Penny Sampson said back in 2012, that before construction of the current Town Office on School Street in 2014, selectmen considered renovating the Lyle Adams house as a location for the Town Office, but “it was beyond salvageable.”

Also, because it is located in a flood plain, she said, the building would have to have been razed and specific site work dealing with runoff done, which made the project budget unrealistic.

Sampson said Lyle Adams and his wife operated stores in the building where the current Unity House of Pizza is. “I am too young to remember a whole lot,” she said. The stores were in operation in the '40s, '50s and '60s, she said.

Longtime Unity resident Rosemary Pillsbury remembers Lyle Adams wearing a long coat and top hat at his store, where he sold dry goods, fabric and sundries.

“He was a bit of a wise guy,” she said, “selling cigarettes to my younger sister.”

Sampson remembers that the house stood vacant for many years and then later was rented out. In the '80s, the farmhouse served as housing for Unity College students, and had a reputation as a party house.

Ralph and Nancy Nason, the most recent owners, sold the property to Colleen Bailey of Norridgewock. Bailey currently owns and operates a Dunkin’ Donuts at the Depot Country Store, which will relocate to the new Main Street store.

Reached by phone, Bailey said she expects to open the new facility in September and will be hiring local people to fill 20 or so new positions. “It depends how busy we are,” she said. She is also thinking of hiring people from the community for landscaping and snow plowing.

“We’re really excited about being on Main Street and being more accessible,” she said.

(Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: from the kitchen | Apr 24, 2021 05:00

Unity runs on Dunkin.



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