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Wawa, Shopping Center, 124 Seat Restaurant Proposed for Brick Plot

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The Laurelton Mobile Home Park, off Route 88 in Brick. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The Laurelton Mobile Home Park, off Route 88 in Brick. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

As the application for a Wawa convenience store and gas station in the southwest corner of town works its way through the regulatory process, a developer has applied to build a second Wawa store, gas station and adjacent shopping center in another area of Brick.

Plans filed with the township last week call for a much larger development than the one proposed for Route 70 and Duquesne Boulevard. This development, proposed for Route 88 and Jack Martin Boulevard, at the site of the Laurelton Mobile Home Park, will include a 5,051 square foot Wawa convenience store and associated gas facility; a 4,535 square foot bank; a 7,182 square foot commercial building including a 3,000 square foot, 124 seat restaurant; a 9,288 square foot daycare center; plus a total of 117 parking spaces on a 9.4 acre plot of land.

The project is being proposed by JSM at Martin Boulevard, LLC, a company owned by developer Jack Morris, who is currently engaged in litigation with the township over his inaction in redeveloping the former Foodtown site on Route 70. A filing with the township did not name the bank nor the restaurant; only the Wawa was listed by name.

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For years, Morris has planned on developing the trailer park into a commercial property, but has faced occasional pushback from tenants. He has pledged a section of the property will remain available to trailer owners.

In order to gain approval, Morris must obtain a use variance from the township’s Board of Adjustment since more than one principal use – a trailer park, convenience store and bank – are proposed for a site current zoned commercial. The developer is also applying for a slew of more minor “bulk” variances, including relief under the township’s zoning code for  minimum lot area, depth and width, setbacks, impervious coverage and sign height.

The purchase of the mobile home park by Morris has been the source of numerous controversies since 2005. Residents, at one point, were served eviction notices after they withheld rent from Morris, who they accused of allowing the community to deteriorate. In 2006, it was determined that concrete tainted with traces of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the former Ford Motor Company manufacturing plant in Edison was used at the site, prompting the state Department of Environmental Protection to order its removal.

The Board of Adjustment is scheduled to hear testimony on the application at Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. at the township municipal complex.


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  • Mike Morton

    What the hell is going on around here. We do not need 2 new Wawa gas stations along with a Quick Check gas station within 2 miles of each other. Since the Quick Check is already underway it seems to me that the one proposed for Rt. 88 makes more sense. I can’t imagine that Morris is going to be leaving much space for whoever is still living in the mobile home development. Doesn’t look like many people still live there- Morris let the property go in order to get people to move.

  • BatCat

    NO…There is an empty plaza right down the street. KMart will be going out soon….fill that, before you build more

    • witewater

      I agree with you BatCat. Mr. Morris most likely does not own that plaza so why would the Wawa or bank be placed there? That would make sense to mouth it in Laurel Square, though.

  • Frank Rizzo

    Better this than apartments or Hasidic temple…wawa pays taxes and employs Americans…other gas stations ship money back to Pakistan and the mid east…pick your poison people…the land will not remain as trees and nature unless the town buys it

    • Crystal Robinson

      Alot of new people moving into brick, we will be the new lakewood, between gas stations, liquor stores and mattress stores we are just right for the New home of lakewood part 2.

    • ed

      you are right…..it’s a no brainer

  • ThatGuy

    Gas stations and liquor stores are the only new retail in Brick that can make any money.

    Retail is dying and the town needs new revenue every year.

    Forcing developers to build in older dilapidated strip malls is a awesome idea but is illegal.

  • MP Gerrity

    Does anyone posting here think residents would support a referendum to levy a separate tax that would finance the township’s purchase of vacant land?

    • Make America Greater

      We already have a seperate tax you dingbat. An open space tax passed during the convicted Scarpelli / McFadden reign of terror so he could buy useless land from his cronies.
      We have been paying it ever since.

      • MP Gerrity

        Thanks for the reply. But I’m not a dingbat, and don’t appreciate the insult. I am however attempting to learn about the town. Would like to help clean the township of litter and debris to bring back the natural beauty of the area. Am visiting with a township administrator today. Will enquire about that open space fund.

      • Smokin

        Mp brick has changed in many ways good and bad. Both party’s have tried to make good but it’s always turns out what’s in it for the party and broken promises

      • Mike Morton

        The open space tax is a county and/or state tax as far as I know and is used to purchase and restore environmentally sensitive land. Maybe the Foodtown property would be eligible as it is next to Forge Pond but things like the trailer park wouldn’t likely qualify. Don’t think there would be enough support here for a local tax although I think its a good idea.

      • Make America Greater

        There IS a local tax since Scarpelli the felon.
        Read your tax bill!

      • Make America Greater

        Read tour tax bill. Its right there black and white.
        Township open space tax.

      • Nim

        Ya,……and it was beautiful years ago! You know how the song goes,……”pave over paradise, put up a parking lot”. I would be interested in this also,….but, I think the administrator will just give you lip service. To make a real change, you need to, basically, solve the problem for them….find a way to keep a parcel of land natural, AND find a way to bring in money for that land, like a retail store would do if it was on the property. A township park would be great……..where people could canoe, kayak, fish, launch their boat, picnic,…..among the trees, like the old Metedeconk Bathing Beach used to be on Princeton Avenue…..Was a totally natural setting……a hard packed sandy road led cars to picnic tables among the pines overlooking the river,……you could rent row boats, crabbing supplies, families swam, fished, crabbed,…..and there was a big cedar shake building with a big wrap around porch with rocking chairs facing the river…….inside a large open room with a fireplace and Moosehead above it,…..the other end a small kitchen area where you could buy an ice cream……But, I digress……..
        Anyway,…..keep me posted on this,…..I would like to help….

    • Smokin

      Town owns foodtown lot how’s that working out vacant for years and millions of dollars if sold could help set back taxes

      • Digger & Anne

        Foodtown lot can not be built on. Do your research before commenting. It has endangered wildlife living there. πŸ˜‰

  • Smokin

    So JSM get denied foodtown lot project and in courts with lawyers. So the pay off is the trailer park WAWa ??

  • Make America Greater

    For all you newcomers, Brick Township used to be a wooded paradise by the shore.
    Ever since the interstate highway system of the 1950s and the immigration act of the 1960s, Brick township and the entire country have been heading straight downhill.
    Crooked politicians and developers won’t ever stop until the entire country is like Newark or Hong Kong.

  • Make America Greater

    Cut every teee down in Brick so we dont have to pay for leaf pickups.

    • Gail Sands

      dont be ridiculous.

    • Nim

      It seems people are already doing that……love how they pave every square inch around their house,….they bring the city here……..Trees,….ya,…..leaves to rake,…..but, the pros of trees and their leaves, or needles are many. They clean and filter the air……polluted air can cause cancer…….They absorb sound, keeping neighborhoods quiet when children yell or trucks rattle by,……Their roots hold the soil, without which we have erosion, and they help to filter out the toxins that goes into the river and bay from rain runoff…….

    • Digger & Anne

      Obviously I’m the only one that gets your sarcasm!! Lol

  • MP Gerrity

    Wawa is using a business strategy similar to the one used by Dunkin’ Donuts when Crispy Creme built a bakery in the center of town. Place shops on the approaches to the center of town. What many do not realize is that we lose valuable habitat anytime land is cleared. It’s hard to get that back once it’s lost.

  • Gail Sands

    OMG no, Rt. 88 traffic is bad enough now and plenty of empty stores that could be altered to work with. They are turning it into a concrete jungle with traffic. They are nuts. Brick will be known as the “over crowded” “strip mall state”.

    • ed

      back in 2007 Brick was rated in the top 10 IN THE NATION…………….now it doesn’t even make the top 100 in N.J.

  • J W

    Where the hell are poor people supposed to love? They’re bulldozing these trailer parks in Howell and Manchester too. If you bulldoze this, the town ratio of affordable housing collapses and suddenly a park gets converted to row houses.

  • Count_Iblis

    Trailer parks are an ugly blight, clear it out!!

    • Nim

      They can be ugly,…..or they can be very nice, just like any development or home. It all depends on the owner and management, and how they keep it up, and insist on the residents keeping their homes nice.

  • Nim

    If you do not want this to happen, go to the Board of Adjustment meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 PM at the municipal complex……they will be hearing testimony on the application for this.

    • ed

      united you stand,.DEVIDED YOU FALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Make America Greater

    How about an Arbees or Carls Jr?

  • Exit91b

    Looks like Wawa and QuickChek are trying to grab all the available locations before ROYAL FARMS gets here.

    Royal Farms is moving north from their base in Maryland/Delaware, and has started building C-stores with gas in the southern part of our state.

    Kinda similar to what Wawa is doing in Florida. I recently read that Wawa will have over 100 Florida stores by the end of the year……

  • I much rather they build the WaWa behind my house and an AC Moore across the street from me. Joking aside though, I’d like if they just use up the abandoned building or at least knock them down and plant trees. Hmm…perhaps I should run for mayor? #MakeBricktownGreatAgain

    • Make America Greater

      Looking at your picture, I’ll vote for you!

  • Josh

    like some others have said this is Wawa and Quik Check duking it out for market dominance in the gas station & convenience store segment by snatching up all available properties to squeeze out the competition. or by taking the approach or directly competing with their competition by opening their own location in close proximity. it happens with all stores in a similar business. Home Depot and Lowes, Walgreens and CVS, and various grocery store chains.

    Remember when they built the Walgreens on the corner of Drum Point and Hooper, and then a few years later CVS decided to build their own store literally across the street from that Walgreens when the Red Lion closed and was knocked down. and how people thought it was a bad thing to do and flat out waste of space. this Wawa and Quik Check nonsense with them each building 3 or 4 locations in a 2 square mile radius is just the newest reincarnation.