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Million Snacks' Plans Approved, But Official Refutes Remarks

"We don't care if your name is Mohammad, Moses, Jesus or anything else," says P&Z Chair.

 

After an at-times heated application process, Milford-based restaurant Million Snacks can move ahead in planning for a location at the Firelite Plaza on the Boston Post Road. Million Snacks had been held up by the lack of a handicap ramp in building plans, a fact that led to contention from both sides. Planning and Zoning officials approved a version of the plans Tuesday night with a handicap ramp in place.

But Planning and Zoning chair Walter "Beau" Clark addressed Million Snacks franchisee Mohammad Khan before the approval, refuting statements Khan had made to Patch in September.

He said Khan's earlier allegations, that "maybe [the proposal was delayed] because my name is Mohammad," were "totally baseless and an insult to the honesty and integrity" of the commission and the town of Orange.

"Your statements were completely false," said Clark, "to say that we discriminated against you because your name was Mohammad. Furthermore, I can speak for this entire commission and this entire town: we don't care if your name is Mohammad, Moses, Jesus or anything else … Any problems here, sir, have been with you or the people you have hired -- nothing to do with the town of Orange."

Clark said the commission went out of its way to help Million Snacks, offering a presubmission meeting as the process began. Clark said zoning enforcement officer Paul Denise reached out to the engineering firm handling the plans Tuesday to help finalize the effort.

"To imply there was any prejudice against him was simply untrue," said Clark. "If you look at the application, the names on the sheet were Cohen & Associates, Malone & McBroom and All-American Constructions. To imply otherwise struck a nerve, honestly."

"I do wish him luck," said Clark. "And I hope his business is successful."

"I thank the entire town of Orange for their support and special thanks to Million Snacks management for their endless help," wrote Khan after the meeting. "At this moment I am here to assure all that once you taste Million Snacks pizza and grilled cheese you would love it and will keep coming back with your family and friends … The entire town of Orange will be my guest on [the] first day and we will have a known singer as our guest to entertain on [the] grand opening of Million Snacks pizza and grilled cheese."

Vinnie Dee October 03, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Mr. Khan, I'm not wrong. Your contractor did nothing to help you with the approval. Period. Stop beating the issue of "they didn't why do I" to death. The simple fact, you insulted the good people of Orange. Period. Now you want us to stand behind a bully who tried to push the discrimination card. You will never admit it was Mr. Herman that YOU should have the problem with. Just like you'll never admit that it was a mistake to insult some of the very people of Orange who you now want to patronize your business. I'm done with you Mr. Khan. Enjoy our wonderful Town. We welcome everyone. Did you read that Mr. Khan? Everyone. BRAVE MR. CLARK for telling it like it is!
john October 03, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Being in the construction industry myself I can attest to the ever changing requirements put forth by building and zoning depts. Year to year, even month to month changes occur. You are correct that previous tenants were not obligated to install the ramp. Perhaps the zoning dept had missed this in the review of other applications. Perhaps a compliant was made after those businesses opened by a person requiring the use of a ramp. It would ve reasonable to think that this is why you are being asked to install it. Personally I believe it should be the responsibility of the building owner to install the ramp at his cost, being that it enhances his plaza. But to continue in the vien of I was discriminated against because of my name is counter productive and offensive.
john October 03, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Honestly, it seems as though your contractor, consultant etc was a non involved party to the planning. And it shows his lack of involvment in the process, one in construction would think to ask after review of the site....is there handicap access, handicap bathroom required....there is sonething on the books called ADA Americans with Disability Act.
Citizen K. October 03, 2012 at 07:37 PM
agree with Vinnie Dee
Khan October 07, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I totally disagree with Mr.Clark and his approach. Truth could be find by visiting the Firelite plaza not by speaking on the Podium because of your power like and trying to discredit an honest hard working family man Mohammad. Stop trying to twist the facts.

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