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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."

Khan October 03, 2012 at 10:00 AM
I am glad to see an average"JOE" being Successful.Good news.
Khan October 03, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Guys do you know who will be the Singer at Millionsnacks Grilled cheese and Pizza Grand opening?
say what? October 03, 2012 at 10:56 AM
As an Orange resident, I refuse to patronize a business that attempted to use the discrimination card to circumvent the rules to get what they want.
john October 03, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Well said Mr Clark, I do believe you speak not only for the incredible people of the Town of Orange, but also for the majority of Americans as well. Too often people revert to using the " race card" when things aren't going their way. We all need to take a breath, evaluate the situation, and take the appropriate action. Using race as a means to an end, when injustified dilutes the power is should have. Discrimination based on race is never acceptable, here or elsewhere.
Khan October 03, 2012 at 12:21 PM
John Put your self in mohammad position and if you were asked to have many requirements before the plan is approved and other tenants don't What will you THINK?Why me why not other.Try not to twist the fact
Khan October 03, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Other businesses in the same plaza opened up in the last year and have yet to comply but mohammad was asked to fulfill the requirements even before the appoval of the plan.There was a pattern and Scott Herman a Veteran from All American can describe you all. Good thing is if someone made a mistake and corrected it I am happy to see but if they try to twist the facts that is BAD
Vinnie Dee October 03, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Khan, Put yourself in the citizens of Orange's position. You attempted to incite wrath by using the discrimination card. Facts? You continuously refused to speak of the 'facts', because your contractor did nothing for you. Now you want the people of Orange who you basically called racists, to patronize your business? Let me know how that works out for you. No I am NOT for the Rich man, so don't even attempt to bully me or anyone that does not agreed with your bullying tactics. I hope your business is successful in spite of your negative attitude towards our well rounded, respectful town.
Khan October 03, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Vinner You are wrong look at the facts just visit the plaza .I thought you ate familiar with orange All you need is to visit the plaza and you will find the facts
JNG October 03, 2012 at 01:24 PM
As a resident of Orange for almost 30 years, I have seen many changes, and a variety of emotional planning issues come through the town. Some approved, some not. The overriding color the Town has loved is GREEN. If you want to be successful, there are multitudes who will help you do so.
Khan October 03, 2012 at 01:38 PM
JNG MOHAMMAD LOVES YOUR COMMENTS.
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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