Correction: David Anderson is the city councilman for Ward 1.
Both of the Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Lakewood have opened at 4:30 a.m. every morning — an hour-and-a-half earlier than allowed by the city code.
When city officials found out, they required the franchise to get approval for a conditional use permit from the Lakewood Planning Commission on Thursday.
The commission obliged.
“I believe this is an effort to ask for forgiveness as well as permission,” said Ward 1 city councilman David Anderson, who attended the meeting on Thursday.
He said the only concern he’s heard is the additional traffic on Detroit Avenue as a result of the business on the west side of town.
“The conditional use is an extra tool in our toolbox,” added Anderson.
The planning commission has the option to review the permit should any issues arise.
“We haven’t received any significant complaints,” said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development.