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New Brick Wawa Project Would Add Third Lane to Route 70

Plans for a Wawa and quick-serve restaurant off Route 70 in Brick. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Plans for a Wawa and quick-serve restaurant off Route 70 in Brick. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Developers pitching a plan to build a Wawa and adjacent quick-serve restaurant along Route 70 told members of the Brick Township Board of Adjustment Wednesday night that they would undertake the costly measure of adding a third lane to the highway in order to make the site safer to access.

Before a room packed with neighboring residents who are opposing the project, John Jackson, attorney for Brick 70 Developers LLC, the company behind the proposal, said his client would extend a third lane of the highway that currently ends after the Costco shopping center northward to Duquesne Boulevard.

“This will go a long way to alleviate the traffic issues on Route 70,” Jackson said.


The project consists of a Wawa store with a gas station and a quick-serve restaurant, such as a Panera Bread, with a drive-through. It is proposed to be constructed north of a medical office building, near the intersection of Route 70 and Duquesne Boulevard, with an access point at North Lake Shore Drive.

John Ray, a traffic engineer hired by the developer, testified that the third lane would not only make it safer to access the proposed shopping plaza, but easier and more convenient for residents to turn onto Duquesne, since they no longer would be tempted to take the dangerous option of riding in the shoulder during times of high traffic.

“We’re going to make it legal to get into that curb lane, use that lane, and quite frankly I think it will be easier for people to make the right onto Duquesne,” Ray said. “You will now be legally able to use the lane instead of illegally using the shoulder.”

Neighboring residents have been circulating a petition against the proposal over concerns of increased traffic, noise and the project’s potential effect on property values, as well as environmental issues.

A Brick resident holds a sign opposing a Wawa and quick-serve resident being built off Route 70. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A Brick resident holds a sign opposing a Wawa and quick-serve resident being built off Route 70. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Board Chairman Harvey Langer questioned the developer’s experts on the amount of noise the drive-in window would generate, with customers and employees communicating with each other through a speaker system.

“When the speaker isn’t working properly and it comes out loud and garbled – that will be more annoying when it’s loud and people can understand it,” Langer said.

A engineer working on the project said the site would be equipped with a six foot high sound wall and a thick row of shrubs and trees to prevent noise intrusion into the adjacent neighborhood. The drive through lane would be located off Lake Shore Drive, behind the restaurant, with a tree buffer nearly encircling it, plus the sound wall, which would be made of cedar wood, sound absorption materials and sealant.

Wednesday night’s hearing also shed more light on the entrances and exits of the development. An entrance and exit with a concrete curb separator would lead to and from Route 70, which a side entrance would be available from Lake Shore Drive, near its intersection with Duquesne. Another entrance and egress on the south side would connect the development to the medical building next door and, ultimately, the Costco plaza. A parking area off Lake Shore Drive, shown on a rendering of the project, would not be built initially but would be held for later consideration if demand necessitated it, representatives said.

No residents were able to speak Wednesday night since the presentation by the applicant was not completed by the end of the meeting at 10 p.m. Testimony will continue at the Feb. 22 board meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the township municipal complex. Members of the public will have an opportunity to testify on, and ask questions about, the project if the applicant’s testimony is completed.

Jackson said the developer has already held discussions with the state Department of Transportation to on the process of creating the third lane.

  • Jeff Stallop

    Hopefully this project goes thru so I can shit on the bathroom floor in Wawa

  • Aliceo

    They have clearly not driven up North Lake Shore to go left on Duquesne. It is our neighborhood’s only exit to Rt. 70 and the Parkway. And its may be a Popeyes, not a Panera.

  • matheology

    Why not use some of the empty stores that are already on Route 70. We keep driving past stores that are closed but find it necessary to build new ones. We have enough coffee shops an fast food restaurants. . Develop the area around the old staples. When will our elected officials stop trying to make Brick into New York City.

    • Make America Greater

      Staples is in Lakewood and townships do not develope locations. They can only approve or disapprove. It’s up to the business owner to find a location and buy the property .
      If a failed business is sitting very long, that would probably mean it is a bad location, like the old Work Out World for example.

      • matheology

        I didn’t say that that township had to develop locations but that building for one has been empty for a few years. What would be wrong with building this project in Lakewood or in any other already developed site.We have so many empty sites in town that some strip malls look like abandoned buildings. In- stead we will go disrupt someone’s neighborhood to build another fast food restaurant. The trees that are a buffer for sound and look beautiful will probably be cut and we will have yet another strip mall. Do we really need it? It obviously doesn’t help our taxes.

      • Make America Greater

        Call WA WA headquarters and ask them.

      • KaayC

        Are there no Use or Level ordinances after some amount of time? Re: WOW – Can you imagine the mold growing in that place?
        Too many businesses replicate other businesses within the same plazas even. A little competition is good I suppose, but we seem to be held hostage by the corporate monolith boxes. Hate driving down 70 to get to everything while Brick Plaza sits irrelevantly. I was there today and it is like a ghosttown.

    • Make America Greater

      Never. The developers wont stop until Brick is like NYC.
      Actually Brick will soon be just like Lakewood. It’s only a matter of time.

  • Smokin

    How are they going to get this approved with the back wall too close to the neighborhood homes..

  • xanadude

    WHAT?!?! Theres a newly remodeled Wawa only about a mile away on Brick Blvd. Do we need another one so close? And with all the empty buildings why not use them first? The old WOW and comcast building on Brick Blvd? The recently closed old Bally’s gym?

  • Bobbi

    The reason that this location appeals to them is because it will be in close proximity to the Quickchek being built and even closer to the residents of Lake Riviera.

  • albertWestpy

    Just say No !

  • Smokin

    With the developer not giving the legal clearance of 150 feet to the neighbor in back. There only going to have 50 ft..how are they getting away with this..are they building a sound wall …And the town complained and ticket cars parking on side street and now placed signs no parking signs ..so this was part of long-term planning to make way for Wawa..Welcome to the games we play in Bricktown