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New Wawa Coming to Town Near Turnpike Slip Ramp

A new Wawa station will likely be built on Virginia Drive.

Residents of Upper Dublin, or perhaps mainly westbound travelers of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, will likely have a new option to gas up after a Wawa is built on Virginia Drive in the coming year.

A lease for the property at 1155 Virginia Drive was signed this week, after developer BET Investments received approval from the township late last winter. Michael Markman, president of BET Investments, told Patch the company hopes to begin construction by June of this year.

Representatives of BET and attorney Michael Yanoff for approval of the property, with the idea that most of the station's business would come from westbound travelers on the turnpike. Originally, BET hoped to have direct access to the slip ramp, but was not approved for such access.

Instead, vehicles exiting the slip ramp will make a left onto Virginia Drive and then a left into the station, reversing those steps to get back to the turnpike. Speaking at Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting, manager Paul Leonard said that BET would still be required to ensure certain conditions are met.

"The land development has a lot of other conditions for improvement and making sure that traffic [flows] well for that facility," said Leonard.

According to Markman, the location will accommodate a "typical Wawa store with gas pumps." Markman did not specify the number of pumps, but called for 6 gas islands.

According to an Ambler Gazette article from April, the Board of Commissioners adjusted a text amendment to the zoning code to allow up to 16 gas pumps and a maximum 40-foot advertising sign within 20 feet of the highway-side property line.

M. Bonbon January 14, 2012 at 02:47 AM
This will be a good addition to the office park, although it's more competition for the nearby 7-11, Cumberland Farms, and Sunoco. Too bad they couldn't get a direct connection to the slip ramp. That would be a logical way to reduce the traffic impact, and if it's logical, it doesn't apply to the Turnpike Commission.
John M January 14, 2012 at 03:48 AM
i love this!!!!!!! Wonderful addition for UD residents
Bob Pesavento January 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM
This is good news. The zoning change to allow this was made in "record time". In just a few short months the Board of Commissioners tasked the Planning Commission to develop the new zoning with Board requirements which then reported it out for action. The zoning change was passed by the Board about 90 days after initial concept. The property owner has been in negotiations with the Turnpike Commission since that time and thankfully came to an understanding recently. When a development or zoning change is in the best interests of Upper Dublin, the Board has shown its willingness to move quickly. While now retired from the Board, I have kept a keen eye on making Upper Dublin more business friendly while protecting the residents. Remember, that UDTwp does NOT have a business tax as most nearby municipalities do.
Deborah Shulman Brecher January 18, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Interestingly enuf, I was asked by a neighbor just a few weeks ago if anything could be done to get another Wawa built.... I can honestly say I'm pleased this went thru, but my sons are ecstatic!!!
Joshua Waters May 14, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Any news on this. when will it start happening.
Brian Leibovitz September 28, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I hope this wawa will have diesel pumps then it would be a perfect addition for UD.

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