Wednesday, July 26, 2017

UPDATE: Planning Board to Hear Newark Wawa Proposal

NEWARK, N.J.: Earlier this week, it was revealed that Wawa is planning to open another Essex County location. Now, information released by the City of Newark confirms the news.

According to a legal notice, the location, which could open in the Central Ward's Newark Riverfront Redevelopment Area at 1300 McCarter Highway/Route 21, at the northeast corner of Clark Street, is slated to include a 5,051 square foot convenience store and a gas station. The developer, Tonymar, LLC, of Elizabeth, is seeking preliminary and final site plan approval for the project with variances "for not meeting the maximum building height requirement, exceeding the permitted front yard setback, exceeding the permitted monument sign area and exceeding the permitted maximum monument sign height."

The property has long been a vacant lot along this major corridor connecting Newark with Belleville, Nutley, and Passaic County. Previously, there were plans for a new shopping center called Riverview Square at the site, but the plaza was never constructed.

The Newark Central Planning Board will hear the proposal during its meeting on Monday, August 7th at 6:30pm at City Hall. Meanwhile, a community meeting with Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins and Wawa representatives regarding the proposed location will be held tonight at 6:00pm at the Clinton Memorial AME Zion Church, located at 151 Broadway.

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