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Wawa Store, Panera Bread Restaurant Proposed for Route 70 in Brick

The site on Route 70 where a Wawa and Panera Bread are proposed. (Credit: Google Maps)

The site on Route 70 where a Wawa and Panera Bread are proposed. (Credit: Google Maps)

A development firm has proposed a new Wawa convenience store and gas station as well as what is expected to be a Panera Bread restaurant on Route 70 in Brick Township.

Brick 70 Developers, LLC, has submitted an application to the township’s planning board, seeking permission to construct the 5,585 square foot Wawa store, an associated 12 fuel pump gas station with overhead canopy, and a 4,813 square foot restaurant with a drive-through facility that “may or may not” be a Panera Bread location.

The new development would be constructed at 535 and 545 Route 70, located off the highway’s eastbound lanes across the street from the PC Richard electronics store. It would be located on what is presently a wooded plot of land just south of Duquesne Boulevard.

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For the project to move forward, the developer will need to obtain a use variance since convenience stores, gas stations and quick-service restaurants are not allowed in “split zone” which consists of land zoned for office and residential use. The developer is also seeking several minor, bulk variances for issues such as setbacks, signage and parking requirements.

A hearing on the application is scheduled for Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. before the Board of Adjustment. The hearing will be held at the township municipal complex on Chambers Bridge Road.