HAMILTON, NJ -- Get your coffee cups and lunch orders ready. On Wednesday, the Hamilton Township Planning Board approved a Wawa to be located on a long empty and barren property near the Whitehorse Circle where a gas station once stood.
Council President Rick Tighe said that the new Wawa property will be located on the parcel of land that, along with a few adjacent houses, has been deemed "an area in need of rehabilitation."
"This is a redevelopment of a long vacant gas station property and re-purposing of some homes facing a busy highway," said Tighe, who serves a council liaison to the planning board. "This project brings in tax revenue and benefits this community with jobs. Wawa also has been a good corporate citizen in Hamilton Township."
In addition to a convenience store, the location will include three islands that will provide 12 fueling stations.
Motorists will be able to enter and exit the property off of Route 206. However, they will only be able to exit the Wawa to get to South Broad Street from a roadway behind the adjacent Midas Tires and onto Parent Avenue. Trucks will be directed to use the Bordentown Road entrance to the property which provides the safest turn radius.
There also will be underground retention basins that will help reduce stormwater runoff by an estimated 50 percent. In the past, the area has experienced localized flooding.
Tighe said that it was important that the project "be done safely." In addition, the Planning Board worked to address the concerns of the residents in the area, and he believes the project will be beneficial to the entire neighborhood.
Acoustic barriers will be put in place to block some of the noise caused by Wawa customers, the plan says.
The Wawa will be constructed using members of area labor unions.
"There has been a lot of talk about achieving smart economic development in Hamilton. Mayor Martin and his team have been proactive on a number of fronts. Stay tuned for more to come," added Tighe.
While no specific date is given, the project developer anticipates that the Wawa construction could begin in early 2021.
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