Wawa files ap­peal to bor­ough coun­cil

The Colonial - - FRONT PAGE - By Carl Roten­berg

croten­berg@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com

Act II of Wawa’s cam­paign to build a con­ve­nience store on Fayette Street in Con­shohocken be­gan ear­lier this month when the com­pany known for hoa­gies and gaso­line sales ap­pealed a spring de­nial for a zon­ing change.

,n WKH fiUVW DFW, ERURuJK FRunFLO re­jected the pro­posed zon­ing change in mid-April that would have al­lowed the store at 1109 Fayette St. pro­posed by Provco Pineville Fayette LP of Vil­lanova. The plan for a 4,149-square-foot mar­ket with 49 park­ing spa­ces on the 1.45-acre par­cel in­cluded two drive­way en­trances on Fayette Street, a two-way drive­way en­trance off Harry Street at the rear of the for­mer E.F. Moore Chevro­let deal­er­ship, 10 gaso­line pumps Rn fiYH JDVROLnH LVODnGV DnG 22 nHZ park­ing spa­ces on Harry Street.

The ap­peal by PPF chal­lenges the va­lid­ity of the res­i­den­tial zon­ing dis­trict, asks for an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the zon­ing changes that were orig­i­nally re­quested and asks for zon­ing vari­ances that would al­low con­struc­tion to pro­ceed, said Chris­tine Stetler, the Con­shohocken com­mu­nity de­vel­opPHnW DnG ]RnLnJ RI­fiFHU.

Both Stetler and Bor­ough Man­ager Fran­cis Marabella re­fused to re­lease a copy of the Wawa zon­ing ap­pli­ca­tion.

The Times Her­ald, Mont­gomery 0HGLD’V VLVWHU SuEOLFDWLRn, fiOHG D Penn­syl­va­nia Right to Know re­quest for the zon­ing ap­peal. Stetler said a Con­shohocken de­vel­oper, a lo­cal blog­ger and a group that has op­posed the Wawa de­vel­op­ment had DOVR fiOHG 57. UHTuHVWV IRU WKH DS­peal doc­u­ment.

The Con­shohocken Zon­ing Hear- ing Board will hold a pub­lic hear­ing on the zon­ing ap­peal at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Wash­ing­ton Fire Com­pany ban­quet hall.

Stetler said the Wawa ap­peal doc­u­ment would be dis­trib­uted to mem­bers of the zon­ing board late last week and re­leased to the pub­lic the next day.

Pub­lic op­po­si­tion to the Wawa pro­posal and re­quested zon­ing changes has been fe­ro­cious with PRVW UHVLGHnWV FLWLnJ SRWHnWLDO WUDI­fiF prob­lems, ex­ces­sive noise, out­door

Pho­tos cour­tesy of Emily Thomas

Pho­to­graph Emily Thomas’ ex­hibit “911: What is Your Emer­gency” is on dis­play at Greater Ply­mouth Com­mu­nity Center.

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