0.8 min readBy Published On: November 13th, 2013Categories: News4 Comments on New Dunkin’ Donuts

@ L and East Fourth Street

The City of Boston Zoning Board of Appeals approved a proposal for the conversion of the gas station at the corner of L and East Fourth Street into a convenience store and Dunkin Donuts.

According to boston.com, the gas station is owned by Russell Castagna, but the Dunkin’ Donuts would be owned and operated by John Gillespie – who also owns other Dunkin Donuts in the neighborhood.  There will be customer parking on the property.  The project still needs to go before the Boston Licensing Board.

The project received support from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, the office of at-Large City Councilor Stephen Murphy, City Councilor Bill Linehan, and from Representative Nick Collins.

A community meeting was held in October with over 30 people in attendance to discuss the project.  It received support from the neighborhood and only two oppositions. 

The project is slated for a spring opening. 

What do you think?


  1. BostonMA28 November 14, 2013 at 3:47 am
    This is going to make L St even more of a nightmare during rush hours! Let the double parking begin…
  2. Steven OBrien November 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Another terrible idea for a street already filled with far too much traffic . And also another slap in the face to the small  independent local coffee shops  in the area .  4 all within a block of this location .they also just put in a bagel coffee  chain shop across the street from this location .The 4 major bus lines that turn that corner will go directly into the path of L st traffic  coming right around 4th street into morning traffic will get someone killed on a busy weekday morning . I expect this to happen though since the local pols already rolled over for it without any regard for the safety of the people of south Boston.

  3. Mary November 25, 2013 at 2:01 am

    I’m guessing these “neighbors”, the zoning board members and I know the politicians, who supported this ridiculous idea, don’t live in the L St area between East Broadway and East Fifth St.  Just look at Cumberland Farms with all the traffic jams and noise from customers and deliveries starting at 6am and lasting until 11pm and don’t forget the three times a week trash pick ups between 4:30am & 5:30am and the grates being opened at 5:30am and not closing until at least 11:30am.  Yes, I’m a home owner who actually lives in this area.  What are the business hours going to be for this Dunkin Donuts?  With Bailey’s, the new Boston Bagel Co, and Cumberland Farms within a two block area, you really think Dunkin Donuts is needed?  You don’t you think, especially vehicles heading north on L St into Boston, will just won’t stop, throw their vehicles into park next the parked cars to “run in”?  Parking in this area is hard enough.  These businesses (old an new) and new buildings constructed or under construction on East Fourth, East Fifth and Emerson Sts, taking more parking spots away, leaving those without the luxury offstreet parking, even fewer options to come home from work and be able to park.  The zoning board members really need to think twice prior to approvals because they don’t have to endure the backlash of what they approve.

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