Wawa’s proposal at Newtown Bypass and Silver Lake to get ahead of planners

A proposed Wawa convenience store with gas stations on the Newtown Bypass at Lower Silver Lake Road is scheduled to be presented to the Township Planning Commission on March 1.

Last fall, township zoners granted its developer, Provco Pinegood Newtown LLC, a special exception to the site’s office/research zoning to allow construction of a gas station and convenience store, but declined. discrepancies for the number of service stations and signaling requested.

The project is planned for the southwest corner of the intersection and provides for a 5,585 square foot store with additional covered area including six gas stations with a total of 12 pumps, according to project information provided by the supervisor. of John Mack Township. . The 4.9-acre site is not large enough to offer more gas stations, as the township code stipulates.

“We are thrilled that this project is moving forward,” said Michael Cooley, vice president of Provco. “This project has been very well received.”

He said a “prototypical” Wawa with service stations for gasoline, diesel for passenger vehicles but not large trucks, and electric vehicles would be located at the site. The property was recently purchased from IHM Newtown LLC by a partnership of Provco, Goodman Properties and Pineville Properties, Cooley said, so the companies in the development partnership will also be the owners.

He hopes construction will begin at the end of the summer. When it opens, the store and gas station will have approximately 50 full-time and part-time employees.

The Bucks County Planning Commission reviewed the proposal and sent a recommendation letter in January to Newtown supervisors who will ultimately decide on the project. The primary concern is pedestrian safety for those walking to the convenience store along or through the high-speed, busy Newtown bypass.

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“Facilities to provide safer pedestrian connections, such as islands of pedestrian refuge, timed pedestrian traffic lights and crosswalks with flashing beacons, should all be considered. In addition, a comprehensive network of sidewalks along Newtown Yardley Road, from Upper Silver Lake Road to the bypass, should be considered,” county planners wrote to supervisors.

The sidewalks would also provide “a pedestrian connection between the proposed convenience store and the Newtown to Delaware and Lehigh Trail which is

currently under study.”

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County planners noted that the zoning ordinance includes “architectural design requirements for the convenience store and fuel pump canopy to ensure

consistent with the historical character of the community.

CKS Engineers, which is reviewing the proposal for the township, said no deliveries should be made to the store between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next day, but fuel could be delivered to site overnight.

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The Township Fire Department also reviewed the proposal and alerted the developer to the hydrant and water line requirements to support fire suppression.

Planners will consider the land development application at their meeting, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 1 in the public meeting room of the Township of Newtown Municipal Building on Municipal Drive.

Cooley said developers hope to present the project to township supervisors for land-use planning approval by the end of March.

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