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Route 70 Wawa Plan Changed to Divert Traffic From Neighborhood

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The revised plan for a Wawa and quick-serve restaurant at Route 70 and Duquesne Boulevard. (Courtesy: John Jackson)
The revised plan for a Wawa and quick-serve restaurant at Route 70 and Duquesne Boulevard. (Courtesy: John Jackson)

The attorney representing the developer proposing a Wawa convenience store and gas station, as well as a quick-serve restaurant, at the corner of Route 70 and Duquesne Boulevard said his client has cut off access to the neighborhood from his plan.

Earlier this year, the planning board failed to approve an application containing the same three stores after residents of the Lake Riviera neighborhood said the businesses would create extra traffic in their neighborhood. The board voted 4-3 in favor of the plan, but lacked the “supermajority” required to grant a use variance, meaning the vote failed to garner enough support.

Now, John Jackson, attorney for Brick 70 Developers LLC, says access to North Lake Shore Drive, and thus the remainder of Lake Riviera, has been cut out of the plan. Vehicles will only be able to access the stores from Route 70 itself. He provided an outline of the site plan to Shorebeat.

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“That was one of the main concerns, and we eliminated that, which I think makes this a dramatically different application,” said Jackson.

Because the developers never appealed the board’s decision in court, the current application is considered an entirely new case, rather than a continuation of the old one.

Additionally, Jackson said, a private plot of residential land adjacent to the proposed store was purchased by the developer’s principals. That plot of land was owned, through inheritance, by a North Jersey criminal defense attorney, who loudly battled with Jackson, board members and the attorney representing the board, taking hours to cross-examine witnesses.

Also, as was often mentioned at the previous hearings, Jackson said all of the improvements included in the proposal, are located in nonresidential zones.

The new plan should alleviate some concerns of neighbors, he said.

“The concern of most of the people in the Lake Riviera neighborhoods were afraid people would flow to this Wawa through their neighborhood,” said Jackson. “With this new plan, all the traffic would have to come off of Route 70. I don’t think it invites people to travel through the neighborhood.”

The meeting for the new proposal will begin at 7 p.m., Dec. 6 at the township municipal complex.


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  • Aliceo

    Wow that is some biased reporting right there. You don’t mention all the other variances they want.

    • Daniel Nee

      The other variances are considered routine/minor (a/k/a “bulk” variances), and frankly, most people would scroll right past if we wrote paragraphs on them. The reason this project was not approved last time was the use variance, which is the major issue and the reason a supermajority is required. The use variance is the only reason this wasn’t approved months ago, therefore that is the focus of the story.

  • Rich

    That — eliminating the North Lake Riviera driveway — is exactly what I suggested with yesterday’s news article.

    Why didn’t the developer think of that before? Why did he wait to change the plan until after submitting it to the Planning Board?

    Will it now win a super-majority? Is that 1 or 2 more members’ votes?

    • 205167117

      They didn’t plan on a wealthy attorney being related to someone directly impacted by the project. Their settlement on the issue the attorney had plus the removal of access to the neighborhood should have been assumed after the first attempt.

  • Mike Gant

    Its still a bad idea there is so much traffic over there already. I really hope everyone goes in and tells WA WA NO loudly and makes it clear your not doing what ever you want.

  • Nan

    Wake UP people. Danny ‘reported’ facts. I don’t like the facts but it is not Danny’s responsibility to seek out “All the FACTS.”

    It is the corrupt regime who as a group is keeping information from US. This is pawned off as a PUBLIC Meeting. Insist the People with the Power educate US on exactly what is a PUBLIC Meeting. There are Statutes but they are never followed.

    Demand your/our rights. Proper notice of Public Meetings. Proper opportunity to participate with input as to the effect or opinion of these and other Public matters. Demand that the Planning Board notice those of US who wish to receive complete notice 48 hours in advance of a meeting complete with planned Agenda.

    Demand that the Agenda be posted on a Municipal website under the appropriate Board heading and minutes be posted before the next Meeting. Demand a Public Meeting in the Brick Community Room which has thus far never been built or named to explain all about OPRA, FIOA, OPMA and other Statutes.

    Most of all where do these unelected Boards get their power to RULE US?

    Is the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment not 100 or more years outdated? Was it not meant to plan for a rural, developing municipality?

    In closing note what Danny Reported: “Additionally, Jackson said, a private plot of residential land adjacent to the proposed store was purchased by the developer’s principals. That plot of land was owned, through inheritance, by a North Jersey criminal defense attorney, who loudly battled with Jackson, board members and the attorney representing the board, taking hours to cross-examine witnesses.”

    File an OPRA or FIOA request and demand to know full information about the ‘principals’ and the details of the private plot purchased as well as who is this Criminal Defense Attorney who battled loudly? This is Public Information but we have to scratch and claw our way through unknown terrify in attempts to get it not because of Danny because the corrupt Brick government does not do their fiduciary duty to US.

    God Bless US all.

    • 205167117

      I can’t speak to how these meetings are run but the next is scheduled for 12/13 at 7pm. It’s listed on the township website.

      I’m assuming you’re in opposition of the Wawa. If that’s the case then didn’t the people in charge already keep the Wawa from moving forward? I’d have to think this was an issue they got right which is why your post is confusing to me. It seems like you’re holding it against them for these developers trying again which the Board can’t control.

      It’s a bit disrespectful to be calling the writer by a name he doesn’t use professionally. You should think about starting your own site so you can do all the things your asking of others.

  • Exit91b

    I congratulate the ‘north Jersey attorney’ for getting a buyout for his relatives property, probably for more money than they would have gotten otherwise.
    It was certainly worth his time to go to the meeting and cause a ruckus….. maybe the rest of us can learn from his example.