Route 88 Wawa Application Returns

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BRICK – After developers’ plan for a Wawa was declined on the site of the Laurelton Mobile Home Park, they have changed the plan and will try again this month.

JSM @ Martin Blvd., LLC had applied to build a Wawa convenience store and gas station, a daycare center, and a bank on the almost 12-acre property. It would have displaced any of the residents of the mobile home park that were still living there to other spots on the property.

There were several variances that the applicant was asking for, and residents had a lot of concerns about traffic on Route 88 and Jack Martin Boulevard.

Ultimately, the application failed last summer. Four of the six members of the Board of Adjustment voted for it, but the application needed five for it to pass. One member was absent and two voted no.

A new plan can’t be heard unless it’s substantially different. As of press time, it is believed that the new proposal does not have the day care center.

The new plan will be heard at 7 p.m. on May 30, at the municipal building, located at 401 Chambers Bridge Road.

This is a special hearing. According to the township, if an applicant wants to have their application heard, but doesn’t want to wait in line, they pay a fee to have a meeting just for their application. This way, they don’t have to wait, and they won’t bump other applicants who were waiting.

This is not to be confused with another Wawa application that was turned down, that would have been built on the corner of Duquesne Boulevard and Route 70.