SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Two plus years of planning paid off for Wawa when approval of its site plan application was granted at Wednesday's Planning Board meeting. Wawa is building a convenience store with six gas islands on Morris Ave. and Cleveland Place.
A key component of the approval process was Wawa’s willingness to pay for the cost of a traffic light on the corner of Cleveland Place and Morris Avenue. After numerous meetings with the State Department of Transportation approval of the light is expected within the month. Wawa acquired six properties from the corner of Cleveland Place and Morris Avenue east. The parcels will be consolidated to and make a parcel of 1.6 acres. The almost six thousand square foot store with six fueling islands will be open twenty four hours a day and have an estimated ten to twelve employees on site during the busy daytime hours.
During the discussion of the application, Board members were questioning the number of signs requested and the hours of delivery. Concessions were made by the applicant on signage and delivery hours were set to be up until 10 p.m. and no earlier than 6 a.m.. The only member of the public to approach the Board was Wally Peterson who owns three residential properties on Morris Turnpike abutting the Wawa location. There was agreement to put up an eight foot fence that would help shield the properties from headlights and sound.
The Board voted to approval the application with one dissent. Mayor Diane Stampoulos voted against the application.