Wawa Offers its Case for a New Mount Laurel Store on Route 38; Meeting Adjourned to December 30.

Representatives of Wawa and a developer presented their case to the Mount Laurel Township zoning board Wednesday night in a controversial proposal to build a convenience store/gasoline station combination on Route 38 and Hartford Road. 

The “super” Wawa would be on the same block and next door to Stiles Sunoco Ultra Service Center, a family-owned gasoline and service station that has operated on the corner for decades and has a loyal customer base. More than 100 people attended the virtual meeting, held on the Zoom software platform.

“It hurt when they (Wawa) opened on the other side of (Route) 295,” station owner Shawn Wilson told 70and73.com in a telephone interview in late November. He said having Wawa neighboring his station would “devastate” the business. Wilson, who lives in Mount Laurel, owns the business with his wife, Darlin-Jo Wilson, whose father founded the business.

Members of the public did not have time to testify before the Zoning Board of Adjustment adjourned shortly after 10 p.m. The board set the next special meeting on the proposal for December 30 at 7 p.m. to continue to hear testimony.

The proposed Wawa would be bounded by Route 38, Hartford Road and Walnut and Sixth avenues. A Taco Bell restaurant — across from the Wawa on Walnut Avenue and facing Route 38 — was approved by the township Planning Board on the former location of a Beneficial Bank.

A right-turn entrance, and no exit, is planned from the eastbound lanes of Route 38. The driveway would be about 40 feet from the Sunoco driveway. Entrance and exit driveways also would be on Sixth Avenue and Hartford Road. The Hartford Road entrance and exit would permit only right turns.

Board member Alan Kramer raised a concern over the safety of locating the proposed Wawa driveway on Route 38 about 40 feet from the Sunoco driveway. He also noted the driveways are in the lane for cars making the turn onto the Walnut Avenue jug handle. He was told the state Department of Transportation — Route 38 is a state highway — requested that the Wawa entrance be located where it is.

The convenience store and gasoline sales would be a 24-hour operation.

Board solicitor Evan Crook, a lawyer with the Cherry Hill law firm of Malamut & Associates, said at the beginning of the meeting that board members must consider only “relevant evidence” when making a decision on a zoning application. The economic impact, either on the applicant or other parties — in this case, Stiles Sunoco — are not relevant facts to be considered by the board, Crook explained.

Board planner Joseph Petrongolo of Remington & Vernick Engineers of Haddonfield followed Crook and said the Wawa is a permitted use under the township’s zoning ordinances, so the board cannot focus on whether the use is compatible with the site or area. However, the board can decide if the project merits the granting of several exceptions from the conditions.

The developer is seeking exceptions that include:

  • The lot-width requirement is 200 feet, but the lot is only 125 feet wide.
  • Walls of buildings must be set back at least 50 feet from the street, but the back wall of the Wawa would be 24 feet from Sixth Avenue.
  • The building height may not exceed 20 feet, but the applicant proposes a 33-foot building.
  • Outdoor displays selling goods is not permitted, but Wawa wants to install a kiosk for a propane tank exchange outside its store.
  • Mount Laurel’s zoning law also prohibits the combination of retail store and motor vehicle service stations. Wawa seeks relief to combine fuel sales with retail sales.

Representatives of Wawa and the developer said the marriage of convenience stores and gasoline sales makes sense and is standard practice throughout the nation. NACS, the trade association for the convenience store/gasoline sale industry, reports that 80% of the gasoline sales in the United States are made at convenience stores.

Mike Redel, who works for Wawa as a project engineer, said Wawa opened its first Mount Laurel store — at Church Road and Ramblewood Parkway — in 1972, eight years after the chain was founded. Since then, Wawa has closed many of its traditional standalone stores in favor of the convenience store/gasoline station combinations.

Although Wawa has been adding solar panels at other stores, Wawa does not plan to use them at this site, said the developer’s engineer, Matthew Sharo of Dynamic Engineering Consultants of Lake Como, Monmouth County.

*Article courtesy of 70 and 73

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Giant Fitness Gym on Route 73 in Mount Laurel Might Be Converted into a Carwash

A failed plan for a medical marijuana distribution center on the site of a Giant Fitness gym on Route 73 in Mount Laurel has turned into a proposal for a car wash. 

The Mount Laurel Zoning Board on September 2 denied an application to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the building, which is near the Evesham border.

Just seven weeks after the denial, another developer on October 21 applied to the zoning board to open the car wash at 1315 Route 73. The Giant Fitness gym would be converted to the car wash, according to the application. The applicant is seeking preliminary and final site plan approval at the board’s December 2 meeting.

Developer Christopher S. Vernon, who lives in Allentown, Monmouth County, applied for the carwash through his firm, 1315 Route 73 LLC of Hamilton, Mercer County. The property is owned by Sam Balducci of Haddonfield-based Balducci Inc.

Site plans for the project, in an industrial zone, show a three-lane queue for waiting cars. Documentation with the application says the carwash line would not be permitted to overflow onto Route 73. Based on the plan, at least 70 cars could be accommodated by the queuing scheme.

The Valet Car Wash also would offer an indoor vacuum area with 13 spaces and an outdoor vacuum area with 38 spaces, according to the proposal. It would operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

*Article courtesy of 70 and 73

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Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a full-service CORFAC International brokerage and advisory firm, is a premier Mount Laurel commercial real estate broker that provides a full range of Mount Laurel commercial real estate listings and services related to this retail space.

Wolf Commercial Real Estate also offers property management services, and marketing commercial offices, medical properties, warehouse properties, industrial properties, land properties, retail spaces and other Mount Laurel commercial properties for buyers, tenants, investors, and sellers. Please visit our websites for a full listing of Mount Laurel commercial properties for lease or sale through our Mount Laurel commercial real estate brokerage firm.

Longtime Mount Laurel Sunoco Station Could Face Wawa Competition Immediately Next Door

Wawa opened about 2½ miles away on Route 38, and a Royal Farms was built about a half-mile in the other direction on the busy route.

And now Wawa is proposing another outlet — as the Sunoco’s next-door neighbor, hemming in the station at the corner of Route 38 and Hartford Road. The Mount Laurel Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to consider Wawa’s application on December 2.

The first that Wilson, owner of Stiles Sunoco, heard of the plan was an article on 70and73.com‘s news website, he said.

“It hurt when they (Wawa) opened on the other side of (Route) 295,” Wilson told 70and73.com in a telephone interview on Saturday. He said having Wawa abutting his station would “devastate” the service station, which first opened in the 1940s. Wilson took the business over from his father-in-law about 11 years ago.

The corner property is owned by Dallas-based gasoline giant Sunoco LP and leased by Wilson. He said his business, which has nine employees, would not be able to survive on revenue from service alone. He already has had to close another location at 721 South Church St. in Mount Laurel. His Route 38 station used to operate 24 hours a day, but increased competition forced him to cut the hours to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Wilson’s plight got immediate support from customers and area residents on community Facebook pages Saturday.

“They have been on that corner for years. It’s not right,” one woman said in a post on the Moorestown Facebook page. “There are other Wawa’s nearby and stations galore. Mount Laurel needs to protect the existing businesses in that area, not make it so they have to struggle to survive. Do the right thing Mount Laurel.” 

By mid-afternoon Saturday, a post of the 70and73.com story on the Mount Laurel Facebook page had drawn 166 comments, with many worried about the future of Stiles Sunoco. 

“I love me some Wawa, but I think we have enough. No matter what, I’ll…go to Stiles Sunoco. They’ve been a wonderful business in Mount Laurel for years,” one woman wrote on the Facebook page.

Another wrote: “Enough already, the Sunoco is owned by friends of mine. They already had to close one station. Small businesses need to thrive. It’s the heart of the community.”

“Sad that family has owned that gas station for over 50 years and they will be forced to sell or just have as a mechanic shop….I pray for you, Shawn,” another member of the Mount Laurel page wrote.

One poster shared insight into how municipal zoning and planning boards work. “There are a ton of comments in this thread about getting the Township to say no to Wawa building on this lot and that’s not the way things work,” he said, pointing out that if the developer can make a case for variances the board members’ hands are tied even if philosophically they are “completely against” the idea.

In the Wawa application, Laurel 38 Developers LLC seeks approval for variances for the 1.67-acre property at 3230 Route 38 and 205 Hartford Road.

If approved, the new, 4,736-square-foot Wawa would be less than a mile from a 500-unit housing development now under construction on 65 acres along Marne Highway and Hartford Road, the site of the former Monte Farm. A Taco Bell restaurant on the lot that held a former Beneficial Bank next to the proposed Wawa site on Route 38 was approved at a Planning Board meeting on March 12.

The Macro Equipment Co. building on Hartford Road would be demolished. Wawa would build on that lot and adjoining wooded vacant lots.

» MORE: The Wawa plan’s supporting documents.

William R. Long of Richard A. Alaimo Associates of Mount Holly, the consulting engineer for the zoning board, wrote in a June 22 letter to the board that the project needs several zoning variances from the board. Among the variances:

  • Retail food or fast food services are not permitted on the same lot or parcel as a motor vehicle service station.
  • The maximum building height is 20 feet and the developer proposes a 33-foot building.
  • Fifty-two parking spaces are required and the developer proposes 50.
  • Some lighting design waivers.

*Article courtesy of 70 and 73

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Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a full-service CORFAC International brokerage and advisory firm, is a premier Mount Laurel commercial real estate broker that provides a full range of Mount Laurel commercial real estate listings and services related to this retail space.

Wolf Commercial Real Estate also offers property management services, and marketing commercial offices, medical properties, warehouse properties, industrial properties, land properties, retail spaces and other Mount Laurel commercial properties for buyers, tenants, investors, and sellers. Please visit our websites for a full listing of Mount Laurel commercial properties for lease or sale through our Mount Laurel commercial real estate brokerage firm.

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